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.

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 Starter (JF Standard A1) 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: Yuiko Goya

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: Yuiko Goya

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: Yuiko Goya

Class Size

The class size of our Starter (A1) course is limited to 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 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.

Show Textbook information


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

Marugoto A1 KatudooMarugoto: 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.

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


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