Course ID:SY19_MGRT_A102_EN01

Marugoto A1-2 (Katsudoo&Rikai) Tutor Support Course


The Marugoto A1-2 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Tutor Support course is a course to comprehensively learn about the Japanese language and culture. In this course, you can self-study online while a regularly having your assignments corrected and receiving live lessons by a tutor.

■Target Learners
This is a Japanese course for beginners aged 18 years and over, who can take a course in English. It is suitable for those who have studied a little Japanese before (approx. 50 hours).

In the Katsudoo section of this course, you can gain practical communication skills for everyday situations by listening to a lot of Japanese as you practice speaking. Meanwhile, in the Rikai section, you can systematically learn how Japanese is used in communication. The objective is to gain a comprehensive Japanese ability that includes reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Please complete one lesson every seven days.

The following support is provided by tutors throughout the course.
・1 course orientation lesson
・5 live lessons/class lessons (Once lesson every two weeks)
・1 oral test
・Correction of assignments (One Katsudoo and eight Rikai assignments)

This course has groups, too. Through the group noticeboard, you can study while communicating with friends that you learn with and tutors.

If you want to thoroughly study Japanese by yourself, while enhancing your practical skills with tutor support, this course is for you! You will meet other friends who study Japanese in the course group and live lessons, too!

■About the student selection process
Participants will be selected on the basis of order of applications received, provided they meet the requirements for enrolment listed above. Priority will be given to those applicants living in Australia and other parts of Oceania. Please note that enrolment will close once all places in the course have been confirmed, even if the application period has not yet ended. We recommend you submit your application early to avoid disappointment.

This course is one level higher than the Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) course. If you are studying Japanese for the first time, we recommend starting with the Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) course.

Course Objective "Can-do"

Topic 6  Holidays and Days off 1
Lesson 11 What's your hobby?
28. Talk about your hobbies
29. Talk about what you do on your days off

Lesson 12 Shall we go together?
30. Recognise information on posters and calendars for events
31. Say whether or not you will attend an event
32. Talk about whether or not you can go out with your Thuend

Topic 7 Towns
Lesson 13 How are you going to get there?
33. Recognise station and taxi signs
34. Show a taxi driver a note and say your destination
35. Say how to get to a particular destination

Lesson 14 It's a famous temple
36. Say how to get to a destination, using a map
37. Say where you are now over the phone
38. Recognise opening/closing times on shop noticeboards

Topic 8 Shopping
Lesson 15 Cute!
39. Talk about what you want to buy
40. Talk about where to shop for something you want

Lesson 16 I'll take this
41. Make a brief comment on things in a shop
42. Read prices
43. Do some shopping

Topic 9 Holidays and Days off 2
Lesson 17 It was fun
44. Read a short blog
45. Say what you did on your days off
46. Say briefly what you thought about your days off
47. Write a short blog about your days off

Lesson 18 I would like to visit Kyoto next time
48. Read a simple E-mail
49. Say what you did on your travels
50. Say where you want to go next time

Teaching Materials Used

You will learn interactively using the Marugoto Japanese Online Course site.
You will manage your study progress, submit assignments, and take tests within the Marugoto Japanese Online Course site.

For more information on teaching materials, please visit the website introducing the Marugoto Nihongo Online Course. You can also use a trial.

About Live Lesson

■Live lessons (LL)
Live lessons are offered with one tutor for 5 students. One lesson is around 45 minutes long and there is one lesson for every topic (7 in total including a course orientation and an oral test). The live lessons are based on conversations learned in the self-study materials and written assignments, so you will need to have completed the self-study for each topic before the live lesson.
Live lessons are scheduled by class. Please choose a class schedule where you can take part in all seven lessons, when you register for the course. Live lessons schedule may not be changed for any reason whatsoever.

Wednesday class 18:30-19:15 (Sydney Local Time)
Orientation: Aug 28
Live Lesson: Sept 11, Sept 25, Oct 9, Oct 23, Nov 6
Oral Test: Wednesday Nov 13, between 18:15 - 19:30 (Sydney Local Time)
Please note: Daylight saving time will begin in Sydney on Sunday, 6 October 2019. Clocks will be adjusted forward one hour, so please be aware of any changes in time zone difference.
Saturday class 13:00-13:45(Sydney Local Time)
Orientation: Aug 31 
Live Lesson: Sept 14, Sept 28, Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 9
Oral Test: Saturday Nov 16, between 12:45 - 14:00 (Sydney Local Time)
Please note: Daylight saving time will begin in Sydney on Sunday, 6 October 2019. Clocks will be adjusted forward one hour, so please be aware of any changes in time zone difference.
■Oral test
The oral test is conducted one-on-one after all of the live lessons have been completed. The time slot will be decided by consultation with the tutor in charge after the course begins. The test will usually take about 15 minutes.

■System used
Live lessons and oral tests are conducted through Zoom <>. With Zoom, the lesson room can be accessed by opening an assigned URL, so there is no need to download a system or to open an account. However, the program will need to be installed for the first lesson.
The system requirements (necessary bandwidth) for the group video conference using Zoom are as follows.

Upload Speed 600kbps / Download Speed 1.2Mbps

For those who do not know the bandwidth of their internet connection, please use the following site to conduct a speed test. (This will transfer you to an external site.)

■What you need
To take the live lessons and oral test, please have the following four items ready.
1. Computer with internet connection
 Windows:Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista with SP1 or later
 Mac:Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6.8 /(Snow Leopard) or later
2. Browser
 Windows: IE7+,  Firefox,  Chrome,  Safari5+
 Mac: Safari5+,  Firefox,  Chrome
3. Headset (with microphone)
4. Web camera

・Live lessons connect learners and their teacher via the live video conferencing program Zoom. Please do not be late connecting to the call. Please understand that there may be up to a 15-minute delay, depending on the connection.
・Be sure to use a computer that is connected to the internet. Do not participate with a smartphone, as information will be shared during live lessons.

Completion Requirements

Score of 60% or higher

The allocation of points is as follows.
・Study progress 45%
・Assignment 10%
・Test 10%
・Live lesson/class lessons 20%
・Oral test 10%
・Questionnaire 5%

・You can take the test if you go over 60% in both the study progress and submitted assignments of each lesson.
・You will not be given an attendance certificate if you do not attend any of the live lessons and you do not take the oral test.

Instructor Introduction


Keiko Nishiyama


Tetsuya Okada 

Yukiko Fukumoto

Yukiko Fukumoto

Course Operator

The Japan Foundation, Sydney (

About Payment of Course Fee

Participants will be selected on the basis of order of applications received, provided they meet the selection criteria required for enrolment  as detailed in the course outline (Applications who are 18 years and older and can take a course in English, and who have studied approximately 50 hours of Japanese before). Priority will be given to those who are living in Australia and other parts of Oceania.
Selected applicants will be contacted by The Japan Foundation, Sydney by email with payment details. Please make payment no later than the payment deadline (August 18).

Please note that applications will be processed in order of payment date, and that applications are competitive. Your place in the course is not guaranteed until after confirmation of payment. Enrolment will close once all places in the course have been confirmed, even if the application period has not yet ended or the payment deadline has not yet passed.

Payment method : Online credit card payment via Eventbrite
Payment deadline : August 18, 2019    23:59 AEST (Sydney Local Time)

As your place will only be confirmed once we have received confirmation of payment, we recommend making payment early to avoid disappointment.

Enrolment Process:
1. Complete an application form on the Minato Website
2. Applicants who meet the selection criteria will receive an email from the Japan Foundation, Sydney detailing how to make payment
3. Make payment online via Eventbrite
(Please note that payments will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Once we have received payment from the maximum number of students, you will not be able to enrol even if the deadline has not yet passed.).
4. Receive confirmation of enrolment from the Japan Foundation, Sydney and Minato Online.

Cancellation policy:
You may cancel your enrolment up until August 18, 2019. You are required to notify The Japan Foundation, Sydney via email in order to cancel your enrolment. Course fees will be refunded minus an administration fee of $50.

Should you need to cancel your enrolment from August 19 due to circumstances beyond your control, you will be eligible to receive a refund equal to 50% of any remaining live lesson fees (from a total of 5 lessons not including the orientation and oral test, where each live lesson is calculated at $20 per lesson).You are required to notify The Japan Foundation, Sydney via email in order to cancel your enrolment. The amount refundable is calculated from the date that The Japan Foundation, Sydney receives notification of your cancellation request via email. 

Enrollment cannot be performed as it is outside the application period.

    • Application Period
    • Japanese Time
    • YYYY/MM/DD hh:mm
    • 2019/07/29 11:00 - 2019/08/18 22:59
    • Attendance Period
    • Japanese Time
    • 2019/08/22 23:00 - 2019/12/08 21:59
    • Selection Result Notification Day
    • Japanese Time
    • 2019/08/20 14:00
    • Course Type
    • Tutor Support
    • Capacity
    • 10 Places (Selection)
    • Level of Japanese
    • A1
    • Study Category
    • Integrated
    • Language of Explanation
    • English
    • Expected Hours of Study
    • 45 Hour(s)
    • Course Operator
    • Sydney
    • Course Fee
    • AUD 200