Nihongo Language: Level I & II

Level 1 is available in-person or virtual. Level 2 is in-person only.

This preliminary level introduces basic survival Japanese, grammar, and hiragana & katakana writing and reading. Topics include, but are not limited to, meeting people, shopping, and dining.

Each level has 3 parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) which should be taken sequentially before you can move on to the next level.

Nihongo 2024/2025 Syllabus and Required Textbooks

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HOW THE FULL PROGRAM IS LAID OUT

Our language program consists of 4 levels with each level having 3 parts all spanning throughout one season.  One season is October of the current year through the summer of the following year.  Therefore, each level would take you one season.

Please see the syllabus and level chart for more details.

Nihongo Level Chart


2024-2025 Schedule

  • Days: Sundays, 8-week, 60 minute sessions
  • Times:
    • Level I: 10:15am-11:15pm (In-person) or 6:10pm– 7:10pm (Virtual)
      • Two Level I classes to choose from.  Student must only choose 1 class option.
    • Level II: 11:30am–12:30pm (In-person)
  • Sessions:
    • Part 1: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24
    • Part 2: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
    • Part 3: Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Apr. 6, 13, 27

    Please note registration opens on August 1st, 2024 at 10 am.


Dates & Content

Level I (Part 1)

  • Part 1: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Content: Introduction to hiragana, Unit 1
  • Description: This course provides an introduction to the Japanese language and culture and will cover Unit 1 of the required textbook.

Level I (Part 2)

  • Part 2: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Content: Continue hiragana, Unit 2 & 3
  • Description: This course continues from Part 1 of the Japanese Language Level I class series (October – December). This course will cover Units 2 & 3.

Note: If you missed the first Japanese Language Level I class Part 1, which covers Unit 1 (Lesson 1 & 2), we recommend that you take our Japanese Language Intensive Workshop Part I, which covers Unit 1 in the textbook in a 2-day intensive workshop. (Not offered this year)

Level I (Part 3)

  • Part 3: Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Apr. 6, 13, 27
  • Content: Complete hiragana, Unit 4 & 5
  • Description: This course continues from Part 2 of the Japanese Language Level I class series (January-February). It provides further exploration into the Japanese language and culture. Students will cover Units 4 & 5 of the required textbook.

Level II (Part 1)

  • Part 1: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Content: Introduction to katakana, Units 6 & 7
  • Description: This course continues from the completion of the Nihongo: Japanese Language Level I series of classes. It provides further exploration into the Japanese language and culture.

Level II (Part 2)

  • Part 2: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Content: Continue katakana, Units 8 & 9
  • Description: This course continues from Part 1 of the Japanese Language Level II class series (October-December above).

Level II (Part 3)

  • Part 3: Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Apr. 6, 13, 27
  • Content: Complete katakana, Units 10 & 11
  • Description: This course continues from Part 2 of the Japanese Language Level II class series (January-February above).


Class Details

Price

  • 8-week Session: $120 ($110 members)

Note: Class sessions run for 8 weeks and are purchased as a “session only,” not individual classes.

Location

  • The Level I and Level II – IN-PERSON will be held in the Kamiya Room at Morikami Museum.
  • The VIRTUAL classes use Zoom Conferencing.
    • You will need to have a dedicated connection to the internet and the use of either a computer or tablet.
    • Please know a mobile phone screen is too small for the use of this course.

Required Textbooks Level I (4th edition)

  • Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 4th edition) ISBN: 978-1568366203
  • Japanese for Busy People Kana Workbook (revised 4th edition) ISBN: 978-1568366210

Both books should include the CD. Please bring it with you on the first day of classes. Textbooks are not carried by the Museum Store but can be purchased from most online booksellers. (i.e. Amazon and Barnes & Noble)

Required Textbooks Level I I (3rd edition)

  • Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363851
  • Japanese for Busy People Kana Workbook (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568364018

Both books should include the CD. Please bring it with you on the first day of classes. Textbooks are not carried by the Museum Store but can be purchased from most online booksellers. (i.e. Amazon and Barnes & Noble)

Level Questions

For questions determining your level, please contact Ayano Hamilton, Education Program Coordinator, AHamilton1@pbcgov.org


Meet Your Instructor

Sumiko Uo is a Japan-born educator who currently teaches at Florida Atlantic University and taught previously at Florida International University. A student of language and traditional Japanese cultural arts, Ms. Uo has taught Japanese language, calligraphy, literature, and cinema to both children and adults. Her classes will appeal to beginners, as well as those with basic knowledge of Japanese.
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