Online Marugoto Courses: Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1)

Registration for our September 2024 Japanese language courses opens on August 1st at 12 pm ET!

Our Pre-Intermediate course is for people who have completed the elementary levels, and will help students progress from the A2 level to the B1 level of the JF Standard. During this course students will work towards the following goals:

  • Can express your feelings/opinions and respond to those of others.
  • Can handle trouble and unexpected events.
  • Can consciously improve on your ability to converse appropriately and effectively.


For inquiries about Japanese language classes, please contact us at


Course Details and Schedule

For all terms, our Pre-Intermediate (JF Standard A2/B1) course runs Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time).

Term 1 (Fall 2024):

September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4

Early-Bird Deadline: August 29, 2024

Instructor: Tomoko Ujie-Bailey

Term 1 Syllabus (2023)

Term 2 (Winter 2025):

January 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9

Early-Bird Deadline: December 10, 2024

Instructor: Tomoko Ujie-Bailey

Term 2 Syllabus (2024)

Term 3 (Spring 2025):

April 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16

Early-Bird Deadline: March 27, 2025

Instructor: Tomoko Ujie-Bailey

Term 3 Syllabus (2024)

In addition to the “Marugoto” textbook content, this course also includes a project called “Introducing Your Hometown”. Students write speeches about their hometown, practicing and polishing them over the term, then they present their speeches to the class. The project schedule can be found in the syllabus above. Examples of written speeches can be found here.

Class Size

Maximum 16 students

Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) 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 between August 1 and August 29 and Term 1 will only cost $360!


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Our Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) course uses the following textbook:

Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Pre-Intermediate A2/B1
The Japan Foundation. Sanshuusha, June 2015       ISBN: 978-4-384-05758-4

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

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 textbook as an e-book, it is available on both Amazon Kindle and Google Play Books.

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?

Click here for an online level checker which will guide you to see which course might be suitable for your current level.

※ Please note that this is not a definitive placement method. If you are still unsure as to which level you should register in, please contact us at

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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.

If you haven’t yet read the Terms and Conditions, please do so before registering.

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

Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) Registration Form

Registration for our September 2024 language courses will open on Thursday, August 1 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time. Please come back then to register!