Course ID:SY19_MGRT_A101_EN01

Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo&Rikai) Tutor Support Course


This is a Japanese course for beginners aged 18 years and over, who can take a course in English. Applicants living in Australia and other parts of Oceania will be given priority. 

The Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Tutor Support Course 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.

This course is for those who will study Japanese for the first time. 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 seven days.

The following support is provided by tutors throughout the course.
・1 course orientation lesson
・5 live lessons/class lessons (Once lesson every two weeks)
・1 oral test
・Correction of assignments (Three Katsudoo and nine Rikai assignments)

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 from scratch 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
Participants will be selected on the basis of order of applications received, provided they meet the requirements for enrolment. Priority will be given to those who match the selection criteria detailed above. Please note that enrolment will close once all places in the course have been confirmed, even if the application period has not yet ended. We recommend you submit your application early to avoid disappointment. 

Course Objective "Can-do"

Topic 1 Japanese
Lesson 1 Hello
1. Exchange greetings
2. Recognise Japanese characters
Lesson 3 Would you say that again?
3. Use basic classroom expressions
4. Write your name and country in Japanese
Topic 2 Myself
Lesson 3 Nice to meet you
5. Give a simple self introduction
6. Recognise the parts of a business card
Lesson 4 There are three people in my family
7. Talk briefly about your family
8. Tell someone about your family, using a family photo
Topic 3 Food
Lesson 5 What kind of food do you like?
9. Talk about your favorite foods
10. Offer someone a drink
11. Talk about your breakfast

Lesson 6 Where are you going to have lunch today?
12. Say what your favorite dish is
13. Talk with a friend about where to go for lunch
14. Read a menu
15.Order food and drinks at a hamburger shop
Topic 4 Home

Lesson 7 There are three rooms in my home
16. Say what kind of home you live in
17. Say what you have in your home
18. Write an E-mail inviting someone to your home

Lesson 8 It's a nice room
19. Ask/Say where to put things in the room
20. Visit / Welcome a friend
21. Show someone around your home
22.Recognise the name and address on signs
Topic 5 Daily Life

Lesson 9 What time do you get up?
23. Say the time you do something
24. Talk about your daily routine

Lesson 10  What time do you get up?
25. Talk about your schedule for this week
26. Talk about when to have a party
27. Write a birthday card

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

■Live lessons (LL)
Live lessons are offered with one tutor for 5 students. One lesson is around 45 minutes long and there is one lesson for every topic (7 in total including a course orientation and an oral test). The live lessons are based on conversations learned in the self-study materials and written assignments, so you will need to have completed the self-study for each topic before the live lesson.
Live lessons are scheduled by class. Please choose a class schedule where you can take part in all seven lessons, when you register for the course. Live lessons schedule may not be changed for any reason whatsoever.

Wednesday class 18:30-19:15 (Sydney Local Time) 
Orientation: May 15
Live Lesson: May 29, Jun 12, Jun 26, Jul 10, Jul 24
Oral Test: Wednesday July 31, between 18:15 - 19:30 (Sydney Local Time) 
Saturday class 13:00-13:45 (Sydney Local Time) 
Orientation: May 18  
Live Lesson: Jun 1, Jun 15, Jun 29, Jul 13, Jul 27 
Oral Test: Saturday Aug 3, between 12:45 - 14:00 (Sydney Local Time) 
■Oral test
The oral test is conducted one-on-one after all of the live lessons have been completed. The time slot will be decided by consultation with the tutor in charge after the course begins. The test will usually take about 15 minutes.

■System used
Live lessons and oral tests are conducted through Zoom <>. 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 do not know the bandwidth of their internet connection, please use the following site to conduct a speed test. (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
2. Browser
 Windows: IE7+,  Firefox,  Chrome,  Safari5+
 Mac: Safari5+,  Firefox,  Chrome
3. Headset (with microphone)
4. Web camera

・Live lessons connect learners and their teacher via the live video conferencing program Zoom. Please do not be late connecting to the call. Please understand that there may be up to a 15-minute delay, 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.

Completion Requirements

Score of 60% or higher

The allocation of points is as follows.
・Study progress 45%
・Assignment 10%
・Test 10%
・Live lesson/class lessons 20%
・Oral test 10%
・Questionnaire 5%

・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 and you do not take the oral test.

Instructor Introduction


Keiko Nishiyama

Course Operator

The Japan Foundation, Sydney (

About Payment of Course Fee

Participants will be selected on the basis of order of applications received, provided they meet the requirements for enrolment. Priority will be given to those who match the selection criteria (see course outline for further details). 
Selected applicants will be contacted by The Japan Foundation, Sydney by email with payment details. Please make payment no later than the payment deadline.
Please note that enrolment will close once all places in the course have been confirmed, even if the application period has not yet ended.

Payment method : Online credit card payment via Eventbrite
Payment deadline :
1. For applications received between April 1 - April 17: To be provided in your confirmation email, but will generally be one week after your application is received.
2. For applications received from April 18 onwards: your payment deadline will be  May 1

*Please note that the course administration at The Japan Foundation, Sydney office will be closed from April 19 to April 28. We will be unable to send payment information or respond to enquiries during this time.
If your application is received during our period of closure, you will be contacted after April 29. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

If we cannot confirm your payment by the designated due date, your place in this course may be cancelled. 

Cancellation policy:
You may cancel your enrolment up until May 1, 2019. You are required to notify The Japan Foundation, Sydney via email in order to cancel your enrolment. Course fees will be refunded minus an administration fee of $50.

Should you need to cancel your enrolment after May 1 due to circumstances beyond your control, you will be eligible to receive a refund equal to 50% of any remaining live lesson fees (from a total of 5 lessons not including the orientation and oral test, where each live lesson is calculated at $20 per lesson).You are required to notify The Japan Foundation, Sydney via email in order to cancel your enrolment. The amount refundable is calculated from the date that The Japan Foundation, Sydney receives notification of your cancellation request via email. 

Enrollment cannot be performed as it is outside the application period.

    • Application Period
    • Japanese Time
    • YYYY/MM/DD hh:mm
    • 2019/04/01 10:00 - 2019/04/30 22:59
    • Attendance Period
    • Japanese Time
    • 2019/05/09 23:00 - 2019/08/22 22:59
    • Selection Result Notification Day
    • Japanese Time
    • 2019/05/02 14:00
    • Course Type
    • Tutor Support
    • Capacity
    • 10 Places (Selection)
    • Level of Japanese
    • A1
    • Study Category
    • Integrated
    • Language of Explanation
    • English
    • Expected Hours of Study
    • 52 Hour(s)
    • Course Operator
    • Sydney
    • Course Fee
    • AUD 200