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Japanese Language and Culture Level 1

Japanese Level 1 is designed to teach beginners everyday language and to introduce pronunciation, basic sentence patterns and essential vocabulary. The program includes reading and writing both hiragana and katakana scripts, learning common expressions, expressions of time and counting systems.
(Japanese for Busy People Vol. 1, third edition, Lessons 1-5)

 

Japanese Language and Culture Level 2

Japanese Level 2 continues to build upon the basic foundation acquired in Level 1, emphasizing further vocabulary and conversational practice using new grammar, including declining adjectives, and the –te and –nai forms of verbs. We will introduce examples of customary behavior in everyday situations such as giving and receiving gifts, using the telephone and asking directions. The course features continued practice in reading and writing hiragana and katakana.
(Japanese for Busy People Vol. 1, third edition, Lessons 6-11)

 

Japanese Language and Culture Level 3

In Japanese Level 3 students learn more complex sentence structure through the study of dictionary forms and the –ta forms of verbs while acquiring conversational skills such as making comparisons descriptions using adjectives. About 50 kanji are also introduced. 
(Japanese for Busy People Vol. 1, third edition, Lessons 12-21)

 

Japanese Language and Culture Level 4

Japanese Level 4 helps students acquire a more advanced level of grammar: using relative and subordinate clauses, as well as focusing on less formal speech conversation in practical situations such as applying for school and making hotel reservations. Students will acquire about 80 additional kanji by the end of this course. 
(Japanese for Busy People Vol. 1, third edition, Lessons 22-25 and Japanese for Busy People Vol. 2, third edition, Lessons 1-2)

 

Japanese Language and Culture Level 5

Japanese Level 5 develops communication skills based on everyday topics, for example, discussing the rules of sumo wrestling and flower arrangement. Writing a diary is also introduced using the plain forms of verbs. The course covers such grammar concepts as conditional, volitional, and potential forms of verbs as well as polite and informal speech. Students will learn about 80 more kanji
(Japanese for Busy People Vol. 2, third edition, Lessons 3-6)

 

Conversational Japanese

This program is designed for students who already have a good command of the spoken and written language. Conducted entirely in Japanese, the course emphasizes speaking and understanding spoken Japanese in a cultural context. It aims to develop conversational skills by focusing on communication strategies, including the use of topical DVDs and CDs.

 

Text

Japanese For Busy People 1
 
Japanese For Busy People 2
 
Japanese for Busy People Kana Workbook: Revised 3rd Edition Incl. 1 CD
 

Since communication in a foreign language requires an understanding of the cultural context, our aim is to teach you the living language through carefully selected textbooks, newspaper and magazine articles and other relevant materials, rather than have you repeat and memorize tourist phrases.

Over the past thirty years, we have reviewed many university-level Japanese textbooks and have selected Japanese for Busy People: Kana Version, third edition (Kodansha International) with the workbook as best-suited for our students in beginning and intermediate levels. Teachers provide suggestions for texts and supplementary materials at the higher levels. Books may be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Boston University Bookstore, 660 Beacon Street, Boston or on-line on Amazon.com.

 

Tuition

Tuition for the Japanese program at all levels is $359. There is a non-refundable $35 registration fee for first-time students only.

In addition to our core program, we offer immersion programs which cover levels 1 to 5 of our core program in 6 weeks (4 weeks in Summer). Tuition for the immersion program is $1,795.

Please note that our immersion program hours may change depending on how many students register for the course. 
 

Immersion Courses

Hours

3 or more students

90

2 students

72

1 student

40

 
 
Schedule

 

Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Level 1

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Level 2

Mondays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level 3

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 3

Saturdays

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level 4

Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 4

Saturdays

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Level 5

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 5

Saturdays

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Conversation

Mondays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Immersion Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Summer Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays

9:30 am – 11:45 am

Level 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Level 2

Mondays and Wednesdays

12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Level 2

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Level 3

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 3

Saturdays

9:00am – 1:30 pm

Level 4

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 5

Fridays

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Conversation

Fridays

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 

Summer Immersion Schedule

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

 

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NOVEMBER OPEN HOUSES:

You are invited to our next Open Houses on
Wednesday, November 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at our
Kenmore Square Location, 648 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215.

Join our staff and teachers for refreshments and a helpful discussion of your needs.

Contact:

Jasmyne Raneri, Program Coordinator, Foreign Language Programs
617-262-3500 x229 jasmyne@bostonlanguage.com
Foreign Language Department Associate
617-262-3500 x224 language@bostonlanguage.com

Private
Programs

Private instruction offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor at their own pace. The instructor carefully selects materials and plans lessons to effectively meet the student's goals and individual learning style.

Private programs offer a flexible schedule and a customized curriculum. A minimum of 20 hours of instruction with one or two classes (each 90 or 120 minutes) per week is the suggested module, but dates, times and content can be arranged according to your requirement.

Immersion
Programs

Immersion programs are designed to teach the equivalent of levels 1 to 5 of the Institute's regular core programs in one 6-week or 4-week, 90-hour sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 3 hours a day in 6-week programs/4.5 hours a day in 4-week programs).

The main goal of these programs, which meet in small classes of 4 to 12, is to help students, from day one, to increase confidence in their ability to use their new language in a wide range of real-life situations and improve their oral skills as they progress from level to level.

Corporate
Programs

Since 1981, The Boston Language Institute has been serving the language needs of major international corporations, government agencies and leading professional firms.

Our training in over 140 languages, along with our cross cultural orientation seminars and executive coaching, have helped our clients succeed in the international arena. Whether on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting, we work closely with our clients, assisting them to choose a program that best fits their schedule and language needs.