Course ID:SY23_MGRT_A101_EN01

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


The Marugoto A1-1 (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. This course is suitable for those who will study Japanese for the first time. 

■Target Learners
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.

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 (3 Katsudoo and 9 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 fellow students.

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 Objective "Can-do"

Topic 1 Japanese
Lesson 1 Hello
1. Exchange greetings
2. Recognise Japanese characters
Lesson 2 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 version.

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.

Thursday class 16:00-16:45 (AEST)
Orientation: May 25
Live Lesson: June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3,
Oral Test: Tuesday August 10, between 15:45 - 17:00 (AEST)

Saturday class 13:00-13:45 (AEST)
Orientation: May 27
Live Lesson: June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5,
Oral Test: Wednesday August 12, between 13:00 - 14:15 (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 1.2Mbps / Download Speed 600kbps

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

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 11).

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 11, 2023    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 11, 2023. 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 12 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
    • 2023/04/12 11:00 - 2023/05/11 22:59
    • Attendance Period
    • Japanese Time
    • 2023/05/18 23:00 - 2023/08/22 22:59
    • Selection Result Notification Day
    • Japanese Time
    • 2023/05/16 15:00
    • Course Type
    • Tutor Support
    • Capacity
    • 10 Places (Selection)
    • Level of Japanese
    • A1
    • Study Category
    • Integrated
    • Language of Explanation
    • English
    • Expected Hours of Study
    • 50 Hour(s)
    • Course Operator
    • Sydney
    • Course Fee
    • AUD 210