Courses

We offer courses for children, youth, and adults, payable on registration day or within a few weeks later.  Details are listed below, including an overview of the curriculum and the text books used.  All the courses are given every Saturday morning in two semesters, the first one starting in September and the last one starting in January with the school year finishing in May.  Summer classes are only given by popular demand.  For a detailed agenda of the school, consult our calendar.

Courses for children: Japanese as a heritage language

  • Junior Kindergarten (age 4) – Learning greetings, names of items, & Hiragana.
  • Senior Kindergarten (age 5)Learning Hiragana, Katakana, & onomatopoeia (sounds).
  • CH-1 – Children's grade 1 (age 6) – Using the text book from the Ministry of Education in Japan.
  • CH-2 – Children's grade 2 (age 7) – Using the text book from the Ministry of Education in Japan.
  • CH-3 – Children's grade 3 (age 8) – Using the text book from the Ministry of Education in Japan.
  • CH-4 – Children's grade 4 (age 9) – Using the text book from the Ministry of Education in Japan.
  • CH-5 – Children's grade 5 (age 10) – Using the text book from the Ministry of Education in Japan.
  • CH-6 – Children's grade 6 (age 11) – Using the text book from the Ministry of Education in Japan.
  • CH-7 – Children's grade 7 and up (age 12 and up) – Using the text book from the Ministry of Education in Japan.  Grade 4 level Social Studies will be incorporated into the class.

Courses for children and youth: Japanese as foreign language

  • CF-2 – Children (ages 7 to 12) – Learning Japanese as a foreign language.  Minimum 8 students required to for a class to run.
  • Youth 1 – Youth (ages 13 to 18) – Beginner level instruction.  Using the text book "Japanese for Young People 1".
  • Youth 2 – Youth (ages 13 to 18) – Intermediate level instruction.  Using the text book "Japanese for Young People 2".

Adult classes

  • Beginner 1 –Using the text book "Japanese for Busy People 1, 3rd revised edition Romanised version". Students will be introduced to basic grammar, vocabulary, and Hiragana.
  • Beginner 2 –Using text book "Japanese for Busy People 1, 3rd revised edition Romanised version". Students will learn further basic grammar, vocabulary, and Katakana.
  • Intermediate 1 – Using text book "Japanese for Busy People 2, 3rd revised edition Romanised version". Students will learn roughly 100 Kanji.
  • Intermediate 2 – Using text book “Japanese for Busy People 3, 3rd revised edition Romanised version”. Students will learn an additional 100 Kanji from Intermediate level 1.
  • Advanced 1 –Students will focus on acquiring skills required to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, levels 4 & 3. Students learn to recognize and read 500 Kanji.
  • Advanced 2 – This class is for those who have lived in Japan and have the ability to converse in Japanese using the polite form.  Students will focus on acquiring the skills required to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, levels 2 & 1. Students will learn to recognize and read 1200 Kanji.

Summer Classes

These classes are only given by popular demand and are usually held at a location different than the fall school year.  We assess their feasibility towards the end of the second semester ending in May and we decide to which levels and which age groups the classes will be the most appropriate to. The summer classes are offered for adult students only. Once the decision is made to give summer classes, we will inform the students and the public at school and via our Web site's front page.

Summer Japanese Camp for Kids

OJLS will be holding a Summer Japanese Camp for kids aged 4 to 9 years old, for four weeks, starting from July 7. Activities include: an introduction to tea ceremony, Karate, flower arrangement and Japanese cooking as well as learning the Japanese language. The summer camp will be held at the OJCC.

Please see the Summer Camp registration form for more information about the course, schedule and registration.