Online Marugoto Courses: Starter (A1)

Our Starter (introductory) course is for people who have little to no experience studying Japanese, and will cover the A1 level of the JF Standard. During this course students will work towards the following goals:

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


For inquiries about Japanese language classes, please contact us at


Course Details and Schedule

For all terms, our Starter (JF Standard A1) course runs Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time).

Term 1 (Fall 2024):

September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 12

Early-Bird Deadline: August 29, 2024

Instructor: Wakana Liberatori

Term 1 Syllabus (2023)

Term 2 (Winter 2025):

January 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10

Early-Bird Deadline: December 10, 2024

Instructor: Wakana Liberatori

Term 2 Syllabus (2024)

Term 3 (Spring 2025):

April 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17

Early-Bird Deadline: March 27, 2025

Instructor: Wakana Liberatori

Term 3 Syllabus (2024)

Class Size

Maximum 20 students

Starter (A1) 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 Starter (A1) course uses both of the following textbooks:

Marugoto A1 Katudoo

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Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1 Katsudoo Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation. Sanshuusha, September 2013       ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2

Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1 Rikai Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation. Sanshuusha, September 2013       ISBN: 978-4-384-05753-9

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.

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

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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 registrants may be asked to come for a placement interview if they have prior Japanese knowledge.

Starter (A1) 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!