Online Marugoto Courses: Elementary (A2-1)

Our Elementary course is for people who have some experience studying Japanese, and will cover the first half of the A2 level of the JF Standard. During this course students will work towards the following goals:

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal preference, shopping, point of interest in local area, community involvement, etc.)
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and mattes in areas of immediate need.

The Can-do Check and Nihongo Check from the JF Standard used in the Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture textbooks allow the learners to continually measure their progress and keep a record of what they are able to do in Japanese. This approach to learning helps to assess ability and set up clear goals, which further leads to effective learning.


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Course Details and Schedule

For all terms, our Elementary (JF Standard A2-1) course runs Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time).

Term 1 (Fall):

September 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17, 24
December 1, 8

Early-Bird Deadline: August 31, 2022

Instructor: Elizaveta Vorontsova

Term 2 (Winter):

January 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6

Early-Bird Deadline: December 20, 2022

Instructor: Elizaveta Vorontsova

Term 3 (Spring):

April 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13

Early-Bird Deadline: March 31, 2023

Instructor: Elizaveta Vorontsova

Class Size

The class size of our Elementary (A2-1) course is limited to 20 students.

Elementary (A2-1) Course Fees

Each term (Fall, Winter, Spring) costs $390. Payment is accepted only on a Term by Term basis.
Early-Bird Discount: Register and pay by March 31, 2023 and Term 3 will only cost $325!

Once a student has registered in the course and their registration has been confirmed they will be sent a Square invoice (please refer to the registration process). A student’s position in the course is only confirmed once full payment has been received.

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Our Elementary (A2-1) course uses both of the following textbooks:

Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Elementary 1 A2 Katsudoo Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation. Sanshuusha, June 2014       ISBN: 978-4-384-05755-3

Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Elementary 1 A2 Rikai Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation. Sanshuusha, June 2014       ISBN: 978-4-384-05754-6

Each of the above terms (Fall, Winter, Spring) will cover one third of the textbooks, and by completing all three terms you will finish the textbooks.

Textbooks are not included in the fees and students are expected to buy their own copies.
In Canada, physical copies of the Marugoto textbook series are available from Blue Tree Books. You can pick them up in person at the Markham, Ontario location in J-Town, or from their online store at

If you would prefer to purchase the textbooks as e-books, they are available on both Amazon Kindle and Google Play Books.

Term 1 Syllabus

Term 2 Syllabus

Term 3 Syllabus

Terms and Conditions

For full details on our course policies including our refund policy please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Free Online Supplementary Resources

Not sure if this course is right for you?

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To ensure a smooth processing of your application we recommend registering no later than 2 weeks before the start of the term.

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※ Please be aware that all registrants may be asked to come for a placement interview.

Elementary (A2-1) Registration Form