*NEW* Looking for a space to practice the language outside of class? JFT Virtual Study Space is now open to all learners of Japanese in Canada.
Check out our video introducing our Japanese language classes here.
Online Teacher-Supported Self-Study Courses
Our Online Teacher-Supported Self-Study Courses are for learners who would like to primarily study by themselves, but have the support of an instructor and their peers. Students will study and complete assignments on their own within set timeframes, and have an online meeting three times a term to practice Japanese conversation (based on Marugoto topics) with their classmates and instructor. At the end of each term students will be evaluated on what they have learned.
The following teacher support is provided for each course:
- course orientation
- 3 live meetings (online) to practice conversation
- final evaluation including an oral test
- Slack workspace where students and the teacher can interact and ask questions
*If you are looking for a more structured class that meets once a week please check out our Online Marugoto Courses.
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General Information | Course Listing | How to Register
Over the course of the three terms (fall, winter, spring) students will cover one level (Starter, Elementary, or Late-Elementary), which would be the same as one level (one year) of our weekly language courses.
For all of our teacher-support courses, class size is limited to 20 students.
Online Teacher-Supported Self-Study Course Fees
Each term (Fall, Winter, Spring) costs $90. (Completing the entire course from September to July will cost $270.)
*Payment is accepted only on a Term by Term basis.
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 below). A student’s position in the course is only confirmed once full payment has been received.
There is no textbook required for this course. Instead, students are encouraged to create a free account on JF Japanese e-Learning Minato and complete the required courses there. Students are also welcome to study using MARUGOTO Plus or any of the other free Japan Foundation online resources. (Please see Course Listing below for more details.)
Not sure how to create a Minato account?
Terms and Conditions
For full details on our course policies please refer to the Terms and Conditions.
We are currently offering 3 levels: Starter (A1), Elementary (A2-1), and Late-Elementary (A2-2).
Not sure which level is right for you?
・Starter (JF Standard A1)
This 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 learn hiragana, katakana, kanji, basic greetings, and how to hold short conversations on such topics as self-introductions, favorite foods, holidays, etc.
For more details or to register in our Starter (A1) course please click here.
・Elementary (JF Standard A2-1)
This course will cover the first half of the A2 level of the JF Standard, and is designed for people who have studied Japanese for 60 hours and can read and write hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji. The course will give you opportunity to practice basic grammar patterns and vocabulary to hold short interactions in Japanese on such topics as your town, foreign languages and culture, and health.
For more details or to register in our Elementary (A2-1) course please click here.
・Late-Elementary (JF Standard A2-2)
This course will cover the second half of the A2 level of the JF Standard, and is a continuation of our Elementary (A2-1) course. We will cover topics such as eating out, special days, and “a town rich in history and culture.” More basic grammar patterns and vocabulary will be introduced to help you communicate in both spoken and written Japanese.
For more details or to register in our Late-Elementary (A2-2) course please click here.
How to Register
Registration is on a first come first serve basis. The earlier you register the better chance you have of getting a seat! In the event that there is a greater demand than spaces, a waiting list will be made available.
Registration opens around the start of August each year, and remains open as long as spaces are available. To ensure a smooth processing of your application we recommend registering no later than 1 week before the first meeting.
Registration for the 2022-23 school year opens at 12:00 pm EDT on Thursday, August 4, 2022 and remains open as long as spaces are available.
Wondering how registration works?
- Carefully read through the terms and conditions.
- If you are not sure which level is right for you, please review the courses on Minato, or click here for an online level checker which will guide you to see which course might be suitable for your current level.
- Go to the information/registration page of the level you are interested in (see course listing).
- Fill out the application form on that page, taking care to fill out the self-assessment.
- You will receive an e-mail confirming that we have received your application and we will begin processing it.
- Once your registration has been confirmed you will be sent a Square invoice to the e-mail address you provided when registering.
- A student’s position in the course is only confirmed once full payment has been received.
- If payment is not received by the designated deadline, you risk losing your spot in the class.