About the Program

Japanese classOur Japanese Program offers you:
  • 17-week Japanese courses
  • experienced native teachers
  • Japanese college students as conversation practice partners
  • affordable tuition
  • free parking

This program is intended for adult men and women (high schoolers included).

Please read Guidelines for Japanese Program Students.


Course Schedule
Fall 2017

Sep. 11 - Jan. 31



Spring 2018
Feb. 19 - Jun. 28

Calendar
2017, 2018
Classes start during the week of September 11, and continue for 17 weeks. Each class meets once a week.

COURSE SCHEDULE
Day Class Time Instructor
Monday - - -
Tuesday Intermediate 2-B
Intermediate 2-C
Intermediate 2-A
6:00 - 7:40pm
6:00 - 7:40pm
7:50 - 9:30pm
Ikuma
Hattori
Hattori
Wednesday Intermediate 3-C
Advanced 4-C
Elementary 1-A
Advanced 4-B
6:00 - 7:40pm
6:00 - 7:40pm
7:50 - 9:30pm
7:50 - 9:30pm
Ikuma
Usui
Usui
Ikuma
Thursday Advanced 4-A
Elementary 1-C
Elementary 1-B
6:00 - 7:40pm
6:00 - 7:40pm
7:50 - 9:30pm
Ikuma
Miyaki
Miyaki

Are you ready to sign up? Go to Registration.

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Courses
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Elementary Japanese
Class work concentrates on "survival spoken Japanese" for everyday situations. The basic writing system will also be introduced.
Textbook: Japanese for Busy People, Book 1
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1-A: For those who speak little, or no Japanese. (L.1-9)
1-B: For those who have completed 1-A, or its equivalent. (L.10-18)
1-C: For those who have completed 1-B, or its equivalent. (L.19-25)
Intermediate Japanese (1)
Class work concentrates on more advanced grammar and better listening/speaking skills.
Textbook: Japanese for Busy People, Book 2
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2-A: For those who have completed 1-B, or its equivalent. (L.1-5)
2-B: For those who have completed 2-A, or its equivalent. (L. 6-10)
2-C: For those who have completed 2-B, or its equivalent. (L.11-15)
Intermediate Japanese (2)
The goal is to improve vocabulary and fluency for daily and business Japanese conversation.
Textbook: Japanese for Busy People, Book 3
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3-A: For those who have completed 2-C, or its equivalent. (L.1-5)
3-B: For those who have completed 3-A, or its equivalent. (L. 6-10)
3-C: For those who have completed 3-B, or its equivalent. (L.11-15)
Advanced Japanese
4-A: Transitional course from intermediate to advanced level. Focus on reading and conversation in order to gain fluency and a larger vocabulary.
Textbook:  New Approach Japanese Intermediate Course
4-B: Focus on reading and conversation in order to gain more fluency and a larger vocabulary.
Textbook:  material provided by the instructor
4-C: Focus on reading and group discussion in order to gain more fluency, better understanding of grammar and a larger vocabulary including kanji.
Textbook:  material provided by the instructor
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Instructors & Assistants
Ms. Hattori has taught Japanese and cross-cultural classes to companies in the Boston area for over nine years. She also has taught Japanese for the Japan Society of Boston. Ms. Hattori has an M.B.A. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from Meiji University in Japan.

Mr. Ikuma graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Ikuma-sensei is the director of Japanese Language Program and he has been teaching Japanese at Showa Boston since 1989. He received his M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Ms. Miyaki earned a B.A. in Japanese Literature from Musashino University. After passing the Japanese Language Teaching Competence Test, she was sent to Khabarovsk as a Japanese-Language Specialist by The Japan Foundation. She has also taught in Tokyo, Paris and Boston.

Mr. Sekiguchi graduated from Nihon University. He completed an Advanced Teacher Training Course at Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo and received a certificate for teaching Japanese from the institute. Mr. Sekiguchi has been teaching at Showa Boston since 1997.

Ms. Usui has taught Japanese in Australia and the U.S. including Rutgers University, and has given cross-cultural training to professionals. She is a graduate from Aichi University and studied Japanese Pedagogy at Columbia University.

 
 
Student Assistants: A select group of Japanese students studying at Showa Boston will be available for conversational practice during the classes.

Student assistants
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Directions


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From Copley Square Area
Take Huntington Avenue (Route 9 west) past the Museum of Fine Arts onto Route 1 South/Providence (Jamaica Way). Follow Route 1 for 2/3 miles until you pass Jamaica Pond on right.

After you pass the Pond take a right at the first set of lights onto Pond Street.  Follow half a mile.  At top of hill, turn left at blue sign for Showa Boston.

From I-95 Via Route 9
Take I-95(Highway 128) to exit 20, Route 9 Eastbound. Follow Route 9 for 4 1/4 miles to Lee Street (past Chestnut Hill Mall on left). Take right on Lee Street and follow to the end, then take a left on Newton Street.

At the fork in the road about 80 yards up bear right, this is still Newton Street.  When you cross the town line from Brookline to Boston, Newton Street becomes Pond Street.  Showa is on the right just after the Larz Anderson Park.

Public Transportation
Riverside branch of the MBTA's "Green Line" (D) from Boston to Reservoir Station.  At Reservoir Station walk upstairs and take #51 bus (Cleveland Circle to Forest Hills) to the corner of Clyde Street and Newton Street.

Take a left on Newton Street.  After 80 yards Newton Street forks to right and turns into Pond Street when crossing Brookline/ Boston line.  Showa is on the right just after the Larz Anderson Park. Walk will take 15 to 20 minutes.

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