Marugoto A2-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Tutor Support Course
This is a course to comprehensively learn about the Japanese language and culture. In this course, you can self-study online while a regularly having your assignments corrected and receiving live lessons by a tutor.
In the Katsudoo section of this course, you can gain practical communication skills for everyday situations by listening to a lot of Japanese as you practice speaking. Meanwhile, in the Rikai section, you can systematically learn how Japanese is used in communication. The objective is to gain a comprehensive Japanese ability that includes reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Please complete one lesson every week.
There are three types of lessons offered in this course.
・6 live lessons (once every two weeks)
・1 oral test
・2 Katsudoo and 10 Rikai assignments corrected
This course has groups, too. Through the group noticeboard, you can study while communicating with friends that you learn with and tutors.
If you want to thoroughly study Japanese by yourself, while enhancing your practical skills with tutor support, this course is for you! You will meet other friends who study Japanese in the course group and live lessons, too!
■About the student selection process
This is a course where participating students are determined by a selection process. For those who wish to apply for the selection process, first carefully read the course outline in full. Then, within the designated application time period, please click the 'Course Registration' button and complete the application.
Note, results of the selection process are expected to be sent to the email address registered with 'Minato' on September 8 （Fri.） around 10:00am. (Japanese Time).
Course Objective "Can-do"
Topic １ My Family and Myself
Lesson １ We live in Tokyo
１．Talk briefly about where you/your family live and what you/they do
２．Say what language you speak with your family and friends
Lesson ２ My hobby is listening to classical music
３．Talk about your hobbies
４．Read short, simple comments about someone's self-introduction on a website
５．Write short, simple comments about someone's self-introduction on a website
Topic ２ Seasons and Weather
Lesson ３ It's spring now in Japan
６．Talk about the change of seasons
７．Say what season you like and why
Lesson ４ It's a nice day, isn't it?
８．Greet people by talking about the weather
９．Start a conversation over the phone by talking about the weather
Topic ３ My Town
Lesson ５ This park is big and beautiful
１０．Tell a friend about a place/area of your recommendation, using a map of your town
１１．Tell a friend what a place that he/she is interested in is like and what to be careful about, using a map
Lesson ６ Please go straight
１２．Tell someone how to get to a place nearby
１３．Correct some information misunderstood by someone
１４．Describe the features of buildings seen in the distance
Topic ４ Going Out
Lesson ７ Is ten o'clock OK?
１５．Talk with a friend about the time and place you will meet
１６．Read an E-mail from a friend saying he/she will be late
１７．Apologise for being late and give a reason
Lesson ８ Have you been to see the night view yet?
１８．Invite a friend to visit a place of your recommendation / Respond to an invitation
１９．Say that you would like to drop by somewhere
Topic ５ Languageｓ and Cultures of Other Countries
Lesson ９ Japanese is easy to pronounce
２０．Say what languages you have studied and when
２１．Talk about foreign language you have studied
２２．Write down what languages you have studied and when
２３．Ask someone for help to understand or to learn a foreign language / Respond to a request for help
Lesson １０ I'd like to go to Japan some day
２４．Talk about your involvement in the culture of another country
２５．Offer help to someone with a problem / Accept an offer of help
２６．Read the program of an event
Teaching Materials Used
You will learn interactively using the Marugoto Japanese Online Course site.
You will manage your study progress, submit assignments, and take tests within the Marugoto Japanese Online Course site.
For more information on teaching materials, please visit the website introducing the Marugoto Nihongo Online Course. You can also use a trial.
About Live Lesson
The Live Lesson is a fixed class conducted by one instructor and with a maximum of 5 students.The initial live lesson will consist of course guidance, and thereafter one lesson will be conducted per topic. One lesson takes approximately 40 minutes, where you will get to actually use what you have studied with the Marugoto Japanese Online Course site.
Live lessons are scheduled by class. Please choose a class where you can take part in all six lessons, when you register for the course. Please note, neither the class itself nor the date of the Live Lesson can be changed to suit the personal needs of any one particular student.
Class 1: 9:00-9:40am (Japanese Time) Sep 13 (Wed.), Sep 27 (Wed.), Oct 11 (Wed.), Oct 25 (Wed.), Nov 8 (Wed.), Nov 22 (Wed.)
Class 2: 2:00-2:40pm (Japanese Time) Sep 13 (Wed.), Sep 27 (Wed.), Oct 11 (Wed.), Oct 25 (Wed.), Nov 8 (Wed.), Nov 22 (Wed.)
Class 3: 9:00-9:40am (Japanese Time) Sep 15 (Fri.), Sep 29 (Fri.), Oct 13 (Fri.), Oct 27 (Fri.), Nov 10 (Fri.), Nov 24 (Fri.)
Class 4: 2:00-2:40pm (Japanese Time) Sep 15 (Fri.), Sep 29 (Fri.), Oct 13 (Fri.), Oct 27 (Fri.), Nov 10 (Fri.), Nov 24 (Fri.)
The oral test is conducted one-on-one after all of the live lessons have been completed. The date will be decided by consultation with the tutor in charge after the course begins. It is usually about 30 minutes.
Live lessons and oral tests are conducted through Zoom （http://zoom.us/）. With Zoom, the lesson room can be accessed by opening an assigned URL, so there is no need to download a system or to open an account. However, the program will need to be installed for the first lesson.
The system requirements (necessary bandwidth) for the group video conference using Zoom are as follows.
Upload Speed 600kbps / Download Speed 1.2Mbps
For those who don't know the bandwidth of their internet connection, please first conduct a speed test using the site below, and then enrol for the course after confirming that your connection satisfies our recommended system requirements. (This will transfer you to an external site.)
■What you need
To take the live lessons and oral test, please have the following four items ready.
1. Computer with internet connection
Windows：Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista with SP1 or later
Mac：Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6.8 /(Snow Leopard) or later
Windows: IE7+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari5+
Mac: Safari5+, Firefox, Chrome
3. Headset (with microphone)
4. Web camera
・Live lessons connect learners from around the world. Please do not be late. Please understand that there may be up to a 15-minute delay/extension, depending on the connection.
・Be sure to use a computer that is connected to the internet. Do not participate with a smartphone, as information will be shared during live lessons.
Passing Score: score of 60 points or higher
The allocation of points is as follows.
・Study progress 50%
・Live lesson 20%
・Oral test 10%
・You can take the test if you go over 60% in both the study progress and submitted assignments of each lesson.
・You will not be given an attendance certificate if you do not attend any of the live lessons or you do not take the oral test.
Enrollment cannot be performed as it is outside the application period.