Course ID:SY22_MGRT_A204_EN01

Marugoto A2-4 (Katsudoo&Rikai) Tutor Support Course


The Marugoto A2-4 (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 upper elementary level Japanese course suitable for those who have studied approx. 250 hours of Japanese before, and is the sixth course in the Marugoto series after A1-1, A1-2, A2-1, A2-2 and A2-3. 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 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 tutors and students that you learn with.

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 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 sixth course in the Marugoto (Katsudoo & Rikai) course series after A1-1, A1-2, A2-1, A2-2 and A2-3. 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 6 Online Shopping
Lesson 11 My vacuum cleaner has broken

31.Talk about what you are going to buy and why
32.Say what you think about online shopping

Lesson 12 This one is cheaper
33.Talk with a friend about what you think of an electrical appliance
34.Compare two products and say what you think about them

Topic 7 A Town Rich in History and Culture
Lesson 13 This temple was built in the 14th century

35.Ask/Tell someone in the same tour group if it is his or her/your first time to visit a sightseeing spot
36.Talk briefly about a famous place
37.Read comments written in the visitor comment book at a sightseeing spot
38.Write a comment in the visitor comment book at a sightseeing spot

Lesson 14 I hear that this painting is very famous
39.Tell a friend in simple terms what the description of an exhibit in a museum says
40.Talk about the rules in a museum

Topic 8 Life and Eco-friendly Activities
Lesson 15 The light has been left on

41.Point out a non eco-friendly practice to someone/Respond to this
42.Talk about an eco-friendly activity you engage in

Lesson 16 I'll sell it at the fleamarket
43.Talk about what you do to make the best use of things before disposing of them
44.Talk about something you made by recycling a thing you no longer needed

Topic 9 People's Lives
Lesson 17 Do you know this person?

45.Say what you know about a famous person
46.Say how you came to like a famous person
47.Make a simple presentation about a famous person from your country, using notes

Lesson 18 What kind of child were you?
48.Talk about a memory of your childhood/student days
49.Talk about what motivated you to start something new in your life and how things have changed since then

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)
Orientation: May 31
Live Lesson: June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9
Oral Test: Tuesday August 16, between 17:45-19:00 (AEST)

■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 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.)

■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
      Mac: Safari、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 (May 20).

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 : May 20, 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 May 20, 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 May 21 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
    • 2022/04/11 11:00 - 2022/05/19 22:59
    • Attendance Period
    • Japanese Time
    • 2022/05/26 23:00 - 2022/08/30 22:59
    • Selection Result Notification Day
    • Japanese Time
    • 2022/05/24 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
    • 250 AUD