Course ID:SY20_MGRT_A202_EN01

Marugoto A2-2 (Katsudoo&Rikai) Tutor Support Course

Outline

The Marugoto A2-2 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Tutor Support course is a paid course to comprehensively learn about the Japanese language and culture. In this course, you can self-study online while regularly having your assignments corrected and receiving live lessons from a tutor.

■Target learners
This is an elementary level Japanese course suitable for those who have studied approx. 150 hours of Japanese before, and is the fourth course in the Marugoto series after A1-1, A1-2 and A2-1. It is a course for learners 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.

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 (1 lesson every 2 weeks)
・1 oral test
・Correction of assignments (2 Katsudoo and 8 Rikai assignments)

You will also meet other students who study Japanese in the course group and live lessons! Through the group noticeboard, you can study while communicating with your tutors and peers.

If you want to thoroughly study Japanese by yourself, while enhancing your practical skills with tutor support, this course is for you!

■About the student selection process
Enrolment Requirements
Applications aged 18 years and over who can take a course in English
Selection Criteria
Applicants living in Australia and other parts of Oceania have priority for selection.

Participants will be selected on the basis of order of applications received, provided they meet the enrolment requirements. Priority will be given to those who match the selection criteria. 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 level
This is the fourth course in the Marugoto online (Katsudoo & Rikai)online course series after A1-1, A1-2 and A2-1. If you are studying Japanese for the first time, we recommend starting with the Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) online course. If you are unsure which level course is most suitable for you, you can take a test on the marugoto online website to determine your level: https://www.marugoto-online.jp/info/level_check_test/?lang=eng

■Note
This A2-2 course will cover the lessons studied in Term 3 & 4 of the Elementary 1 course at The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

Course Objective "Can-do"

Topic 6 Eating outdoors
Lesson 11 What are you going to take to the picnic?
27. Discuss what to take for a picnic
28. Write a memo to say who is taking what for a picnic
29. Ask/Say what specific food or drinks your friend/you would prefer for a picnic

Lesson 12 It looks delicious
30. Talk about food you don't know much about
31. Comment briefly on the taste of food
32. Offer a dish to your friends / Respond to an offer

Topic 7 Business trips
Lesson 13 I have met Mr. Tanaka before
33. Talk about someone visiting your office on a business trip and the date of his/her visit
34. Greet a visitor arriving at the airport
35. Check the hotel room and tell your visitor if it is OK
36. Read a business trip schedule

Lesson 14 May I use this?
37. Introduce your colleagues to a visitor
38. Ask to use things in the office
39. See a visitor off at the airport with some parting phrases
40. Read a message from a colleague in the overseas office when you return home from a business trip

Topic 8 Staying healthy
Lesson 15 How about doing some exercise?
41. Ask a friend how he/she is feeling / Answer how you are
42. Listen to/Say how to do some easy exercises
43. Suggest something good for the health

Lesson 16 I go running and swimming
44. Talk briefly about what you usually do to stay healthy
45. Read and answer a simple questionnaire on health
46. Make a simple presentation about the results of a questionnaire

Topic 9 Celebrations
Lesson 17 I got this for my birthday
47. Compliment a friend on his/her things
48. Talk about your things, saying when and from whom you got them
49. Talk briefly about the custom of present-giving in your country

Lesson 18 I think a party is a good idea
50. Discuss what to do for a friend's celebrations
51. Read a congratulatory message for a wedding
52. Write a congratulatory message for a wedding
53. Thank someone for a present you receive

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.

https://www.marugoto-online.jp/info/

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. The live lesson schedule may not be changed for any reason whatsoever.

■Schedule
Wednesday class 19:35-20:20 (Sydney Local Time)
Orientation: Aug 26
Live Lesson: Sept 9, Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4
Oral Test: Wednesday Nov 11, between 19:30 - 20:45 (Sydney Local Time)
Please note: Daylight saving time will begin in Sydney on Sunday, 4 October 2020. Clocks will be adjusted forward one hour, so please be aware of any changes in time zone difference.

Saturday class 11:15-12:00 (Sydney Local Time)
Orientation: Aug 29
Live Lesson: Sept 12, Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov 7
Oral Test: Saturday Nov 14, between 11:15 - 12:30 (Sydney Local Time)
Please note: Daylight saving time will begin in Sydney on Sunday, 4 October 2020. Clocks will be adjusted forward one hour, so please be aware of any changes in time zone difference.

■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 <https://zoom.us/>. With Zoom, the lesson room can be accessed by opening an assigned URL, so there is no need to sign up for an account. You will be able to install the program by clicking on the assigned link for your first lesson. The program may need to be updated regularly.
The system requirements (necessary bandwidth) for the group video conference using Zoom are as follows.

Upload Speed 600kbps / Download Speed 1.2Mbps

If you do not know the bandwidth of your internet connection, please use the following site to conduct a speed test. (This will transfer you to an external site.)

https://www.speedtest.net/

■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 or later
  Mac:OS X 10.10 or later
2. Browser
  Windows: Internet Explorer 11、Chrome、Safari
Mac: Safari、Chrome
※The latest version is recommended.
3. Headset (with microphone)
4. Web camera

Note:
・Live lessons connect learners and their teacher via the live video conferencing system 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 materials 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%

Note:
・In order to access the test, you will first need to:
- Complete at least 60% of each lesson, and
- Submit at least 60% of all assignments.

・You will need to attend at least 1 live lesson.
・If you complete all requirements, but your total score does not reach 60% , you will receive an attendance certificate instead of a completion certificate.

Instructor Introduction

Nishiyama

Keiko Nishiyama

Okada

Tetsuya Okada

Yukiko Fukumoto

Yukiko Fukumoto

Course Operator

The Japan Foundation, Sydney (https://jpf.org.au/)

About Payment of Course Fee

Participants will be selected on the basis of order of applications received, provided they meet the selection criteria required for enrolment as detailed in the course outline (applicants who are 18 years and older and can take a course in English, and who have studied approximately 150 hours of Japanese before). Priority will be given to those who are living in Australia and other parts of Oceania.
Selected applicants will be contacted by The Japan Foundation, Sydney by email with payment details. Please make payment no later than the payment deadline (August 10).

Please note that applications will be processed in order of payment date, and that applications are competitive. Your place in the course is not guaranteed until after confirmation of payment. Enrolment will close once all places in the course have been confirmed, even if the application period has not yet ended or the payment deadline has not yet passed.

Payment method : Online credit card payment via Eventbrite
Payment deadline : August 10, 2020 23:59 AEST (Sydney Local Time)

As your place will only be confirmed once we have received confirmation of payment, we recommend making payment early to avoid disappointment.

Enrolment Process:
1. Complete an application form on the Minato Website
2. Applicants who meet the selection criteria will receive an email from the Japan Foundation, Sydney detailing how to make payment
3. Make payment online via Eventbrite
(Please note that payments will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Once we have received payment from the maximum number of students, you will not be able to enrol even if the deadline has not yet passed.).
4. Receive confirmation of enrolment from the Japan Foundation, Sydney and Minato Online.

Cancellation policy:
You may cancel your enrolment up until August 10, 2020. 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 from August 11 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 7 lessons 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.
    • Application Period
    • Japanese Time
    • YYYY/MM/DD hh:mm
    • 2020/07/13 11:00 - 2020/08/10 22:59
    • Attendance Period
    • Japanese Time
    • 2020/08/20 23:00- 2020/12/06 21:59
    • Selection Result Notification Day
    • Japanese Time
    • 2020/08/13 14:00
    • Course Type
    • Tutor Support
    • Capacity
    • 10 Places (Selection)
    • Level of Japanese
    • A2
    • Study Category
    • Integrated
    • Language of Explanation
    • English
    • Expected Hours of Study
    • 40 Hour(s)
    • Course Operator
    • Sydney
    • Course Fee
    • 230 AUD