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

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.

The Can-do 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 Pre-Intermediate (JF Standard A2/B1) course runs Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time).

Term 1 (Fall):

September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6

Early-Bird Deadline: August 31, 2022

Instructor: Tomoko Ujie-Bailey

Term 2 (Winter):

January 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4

Early-Bird Deadline: December 20, 2022

Instructor: Tomoko Ujie-Bailey

Term 3 (Spring):

April 18, 25
May 2, 9 16, 23, 30
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11

Early-Bird Deadline: March 31, 2023

Instructor: Tomoko Ujie-Bailey

Class Size

The class size of our Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) course is limited to 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 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 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.

Term 1 Syllabus

Term 2 Syllabus

Term 3 Syllabus (2021)

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

  • JF Japanese e-Learning Minato: A website with a variety of courses to allow you to learn Japanese anytime, anywhere! The Marugoto A2B1 self study course covers the same contents (only Topics 1~5 currently available) as our Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) course.

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


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