Online Teacher-Supported Self-Study Courses: Elementary (A2-1)

Our Elementary course is for people who have little to no experience studying Japanese, and will cover the first half of the A2 level of the JF Standard. During this course students will work towards the following goals:

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal preference, shopping, point of interest in local area, community involvement, etc.)
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and mattes in areas of immediate need.

Study at your own pace!

There are a variety of FREE websites and apps students can choose from to prepare for the in-person lessons!

We strongly recommend students in our Teacher-Supported Self-Study Courses register for an account with JF Japanese e-Learning Minato, as their comprehensive courses provide everything you need to succeed! Elementary (A2-1) will be based on the following courses on Minato:

There are also additional websites and apps students can use to supplement their learning:

  • MARUGOTO PlusA website that supplements your learning with additional activities, explanations, vocabulary practice, and more!
  • KANJI Memory Hint 2 (iOS | Google Play Android | Amazon): An app for studying the kanji introduced specifically in the Elementary (A2-1) textbooks.


For inquiries about Japanese language classes, please contact us at

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Course Details and Schedule

Meeting Schedule: 3 Tuesday evenings per term, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)
(Total class time for the 3-term course is 9 meetings of 2.5 hours each)

Term 1 (Fall):

Self-study: Topic 1 (Lesson 1, 2)

First meeting:
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 2 (Lesson 3, 4)

Second meeting:
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 3 (Lesson 5, 6)

Third meeting:
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Evaluation: November 29, 2022

Term 2 (Winter):

Self-study: Topic 4 (Lesson 7, 8)

First meeting:
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 5 (Lesson 9, 10)

Second meeting:
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 6 (Lesson 11, 12)

Third meeting:
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Evaluation: March 28, 2023

Term 3 (Spring):

Self-study: Topic 7  (Lesson 13, 14)

First meeting:
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 8 (Lesson 15, 16)

Second meeting:
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 9 (Lesson 17, 18)

Third meeting:
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Evaluation: July 4, 2023

Instructor: Elizaveta Vorontsova

Class Size: The class size of our Teacher-Support Elementary (A2-1) course is limited to 20 students.

Elementary (A2-1) 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). A student’s position in the course is only confirmed once full payment has been received.

Terms and Conditions: For full details on our course policies including our refund policy please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

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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.


Elementary (A2-1) Registration Form