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Japanese for Beginners

Teacher: Miho Hongo (Toronto)

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1 student: CAD $35.00
2 students: CAD $25.00∼
3 or more students: CAD $20.00∼
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Learn Japanese

Japanese for Beginners

(Un cours d'introduction au japonais)

Course description:


It is 100% tailor-made to the needs of the students such as: travelling on business or for pleasure, living short/long term in Japan, building rapport with Japanese friends, colleagues or relatives, or personal interests in the Japanese culture. It is progressive and cumulative.

About the classes

(What you can learn from this teacher)

Because the course is tailor-made, the materials are provided on an ongoing basis and the students do not need to buy a book. The content focuses on sentence structures and vocabulary that are relevant to the specific needs of the students and remain open to requests. Throughout the course, there are constant reviews and repeated exercises so that students gain actual command of what they have learned. The quantity is limited to the realistic capacity of the students and their environment.

Course program:


This is a sample program of 10-week course for a group of 2 to 4 beginners.
Week 1 - Basic Syllables and their pronunciation: the 'building blocks' of Japanese words are introduced.
Week 2 - Greetings: various styles of greetings commonly spoken by native speakers in recent years; cultural background behind these styles explained to help understand when the different greetings occur.
Week 3 - Self Introduction: Using a simple sentence structure, students learn how to say essentials such as “I am John...” , “I am Canadian”, etc.
Week 4 - Favourite Things: relevant vocabulary (e.g. food items), a basic sentence structure (e.g. “I like …../I don't like....”. "Do you like…?").
Week 5 - Favourite Things 2: continuing with the same sentence structure, further themes are explored to expand vocabulary (e.g. movies, sports, arts, etc.)
Week 6 – Ordering Food in a Restaurant: students practise expressions such as “May I have...?” “Is this meat/fish/vegetable?” and “This tastes great!”.
Week 7 - Money and Counting: simple numbers and counting system are introduced and incorporated into practical use (e.g. "May I have one beer and two sashimi plates?")
Week 8 - Getting around: this module focuses on assisting travellers to Japan in a realistic way. A list of vocabulary including “train”, “subway”, “ticket”, “near/far”, etc. is introduced.
Week 9 - Preparation of Skit: students consolidate what they have learned and construct a group skit.
Week 10 - Skit Presentation

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Prices per class, per student, in CAD $.

Students:123+
10 Classes35.0025.0020.00
1 Class45.0035.0030.00

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* All classes have a duration of 60 minutes
* An administration fee (CAD $50.00 per student) is added for 10 classes


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Teacher:

Miho Hongo

City / Country of origin: Tokyo, Japan

Mother language: Japanese

Spoken languages: English, Japanese, French


ABOUT THE TEACHER

Hello, I am a native level bilingual speaker of Japanese and English with 20 years of experience in teaching both Japanese and ESL. I was born in Yokohama, Japan, grew up there and also in the USA. I am now living in Toronto, Canada permanently. My educational background includes Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics (incl Japanese teaching method), Bachelor of Education Graduate Entry in Languages (ESL, Japanese), Master of Science.

I teach Japanese to the learners of all backgrounds: tourists, temporary visitors on business, spouses or relatives of Japanese, people planning to teach English there, or lovers of the Japanese culture at any level: absolute beginners, intermediate, advanced, university and business levels. There are no books to buy - materials that are tailor-made to your level/needs are provided on an ongoing basis.

Languages are great! They widen the horizon of your life and bring adventures! Go for Japanese, especially in the prospect of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo!


TEACHER EDUCATION

Master of Science (Sociology), University of California, Davis, 1988
Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics; Japanese Teaching Method), University of Oregon, 1988
Bachelor of Education (ESL, Japanese),Griffith University, 2004

TEACHER EXPERIENCE

2015 – Current
Position Japanese Instructor
Employer Language Tutors
Duties Instructing intermediate level Japanese to a class of Canadian-Japanese family.

2006 – Current
Position Interpretation/Translation (English-Japanese) Freelancer
Duties Live and written bidirectional translation of English-Japanese. Work

2008
Position Japanese Instructor
Employer Mizuho Corporate Bank, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duties Instructing Japanese to 20 Australian employees for daily communication

1996-2004
Position Language Instructor (Japanese and English)
Employers North Brisbane Institute of TAFE; International Languages, Brisbane, QLD.; Language Studies International, Brisbane, QLD. Berlitz Japan Inc. Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, Japan; LADO International College, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan; YMCA Yokohama, Japan
Duties Instructing native English speakers requiring introductory Japanese for living in and visiting Japan; teaching English as a second language to Japanese students.

Courses by this teacher:

Learn Japanese: Japanese for Beginners


Proficiency level

Your Japanese proficiency level will be evaluated by the teacher according to this framework:



A1 - Beginner:

  • Understands familiar Japanese expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs.
  • Can introduce him/herself and answer questions about personal details such as the place of residence and belongings.
  • Can hold a simple conversation in Japanese if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 - Elementary:

  • Understands frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance like personal and family information.
  • Can communicate in routine situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and immediate needs.

B1 - Intermediate:

  • Understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in everyday situations.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where Japanese is spoken.
  • Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 - Independent:

  • Understands the main ideas of complex Japanese text on both concrete and abstract topics.
  • Interaction with native Japanese speakers can happen with fluency and spontaineity and without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear text on a wide variety of subjects and expose a point of view given the various options.

C1 - Advanced:

  • Understands a wide range of demanding, longer Japanese texts, and recognizes implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use Japanese flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce detailed, well-structured text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns and connectors.

C2 - Proficient:

  • Easily understands virtually everything heard or read in Japanese.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources and reconstruct arguments in a coherent presentation.
  • Expresses him/herself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.

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