Course ID:SY22_MGRT_A201_EN01

Marugoto A2-1 (Katsudoo&Rikai) Tutor Support Course


The Marugoto A2-1 (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. 100 hours of Japanese before, and is the third course in the Marugoto series after A1-1 and A1-2. 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.
・6 live lessons/class lessons (1 lesson every 2 weeks, including 1 orientation lesson)
・1 oral test
・Correction of assignments (2 Katsudoo and 10 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 tutors and students that you learn with.

If you want to thoroughly study Japanese from scratch 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 Priority
Applicants living in Australia and other parts of Oceania have priority for selection.

Applications will be processed on a first-come first-served basis, with priority given to applicants living in Australia and other parts of Oceania. 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 third course in the Marugoto (Katsudoo & Rikai) course series after A1-1 and A1-2. If you are studying Japanese for the first time, we recommend starting with the Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) 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:

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
Lesson 9 Japanese is easy to pronounce

20. Say what languages you have studied and when
21.Talk about foreign languages 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 version. (Only the A1 level is available in the trial.)

About Live Lesson

■Live lessons (LL)
Live lessons are offered with one tutor for 5 students. Each 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.

Tuesday class 18:00-18:45 (AEST/AEDT) 
Orientation: September 13
Live Lesson: September 27, October 11, October 25, November 8, November 22,
Oral Test: Tuesday November 29, between n 17:45 - 19:00 (AEDT) 
Please note: Daylight saving time will begin in Sydney on Sunday, 2 October 2022. Pease 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 <>. 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 1.0 Mbps / Download Speed  600 kbps

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.)

■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 10.14 or later
2. Browser
  Microsoft Edge
  Google Chrome
  ※The latest version is recommended.
3. Headset (with microphone)
4. Web camera

・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

In order to receive a completion certificate, you will need to obtain an overall 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%

・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


Keiko Nishiyama 

Yukiko Fukumoto

Yukiko Fukumoto


Yunjing Zheng


Yongsuk Song

Course Operator

The Japan Foundation, Sydney (

About Payment of Course Fee

Applications will be processed on a first-come first-served basis provided they meet the enrolment requirements as detailed in the course outline (applicants who are 18 years or older and can take a course in English). Priority will be given to those 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 (September 01).

Please note that applications will be finalised 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 :  September 01, 2022    23:59 (AEST) 
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 September 1, 2022. 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 September 02 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. 

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

The 'Course Registration' button is located at the bottom of the page.

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

    • Application Period
    • Japanese Time
    • YYYY/MM/DD hh:mm
    • 2022/07/25 11:00 - 2022/08/31 22:59
    • Attendance Period
    • Japanese Time
    • 2022/09/08 23:00 - 2022/12/13 21:59
    • Selection Result Notification Day
    • Japanese Time
    • 2022/09/06 14:00
    • Course Type
    • Tutor Support
    • Capacity
    • 5 Places (Selection)
    • Level of Japanese
    • A2
    • Study Category
    • Integrated
    • Language of Explanation
    • English
    • Expected Hours of Study
    • 50 Hour(s)
    • Course Operator
    • Sydney
    • Course Fee
    • 230 AUD