Japanese Language Course
Hyogo Cultural Centre’s Japanese Language Conversation classes for adults are taught by qualified, native Japanese teachers. These relaxed, conversation based classes are ideal for those looking to travel or communicate with their Japanese friends and do not involve expensive textbooks or stressful assessments.
The classes are run during the school terms on Thursdays and Saturdays with three levels, Beginner, Transitional, and Intermediate offered on each day. Unfortunately we are not currently offering an Advanced course although we have done so in the past.
**Term 4 classes will commence on Thursday, October 14 and Saturday, October 16 and will run for 8 weeks. Places are filling fast so please contact the Centre ASAP to register.
Participants in the language classes are required to be Members of Hyogo Cultural Centre and thus pay a $30 Membership fee on top of the course fee. This Membership fee is only paid once per calendar year, so the student will then pay the discounted language course fee for the remainder of that year.
Conversation class sizes are kept small to allow all participants the opportunity to speak and interact with the teacher. Classes requires a minimum of 5 students to run and numbers will be capped at 15 students. Participants with little to no competency in Japanese are encouraged to sign up for the Beginners course, which will include an introduction to greetings, family, location, and other general topics. During the Beginners course, students will be introduced to the Hiragana and Katakana writing systems and encouraged to study these at home.
Whilst the courses do not focus on writing, it is helpful to be able to read the Hiragana and Katakana to understand focus questions and basic dialogue structures. These writing systems will be required to progress to the Transitional and Intermediate classes, so it is best to start learning them as soon as possible!
Topics covered in the Transitional and Intermediate classes largely depend on the students involved, as our teachers do not work to a set curriculum. The flexibility of the classes allows the teachers to extend students where necessary, revise themes and grammatical structures where appropriate, and cater to those students, who choose to return to the same course each term.