2019 Fall Class List

A1(3) Introductory Japanese

A2-1(4) Elementary Japanese

A2-2 (2) Elementary Japanese

A2/B1 (2) Pre-Intermediate Japanese

B1-2 Intermediate Japanese Topic A


Why study Japanese at The Nippon Club?

1) Innovative learning approach for practical communication with an average of 7 students per class

At the Nippon Club Japanese Course, the Marugoto textbook, which was developed by The Japan Foundation, is used and related teaching methods area applied. This method is based on a goal-oriented approach, focusing on learning to use Japanese for actual communication, rather than increasing the knowledge of grammar and sentence pattern.

Here are examples of the goals for each level:

  • Level A1, Introductory: One can talk about what he/she enjoys in their free time
  • Level A2, Elementary: One can ask for/give advice when planning a trip
  • Level B1, Intermediate: One can talk about a musician he/she likes and the appeal of the musician

Each class is designed to achieve a goal as above. This learning approach allows learners to perform practical communication in Japanese right away. A relatively small-sized class (seven students on average) will provide you more opportunities to practice speaking.

More about Marugoto – Users’ Voices

2) Systematic Language Competency Levels

The levels of the Nippon Club Japanese Courses are divided into six major levels, from A1 (Introductory) to C2 (Mastery). As the level division and definition are based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:Learning, Teaching, Assessment), it is possible to compare your Japanese proficiency with other languages, using the same criteria.

Every student (except absolute beginners) will take a placement test at enrollment in order to be accommodated at the most appropriate level. At the end of each ten-week session, your teacher will evaluate each student carefully to ensure that they will have made enough progress to advance to the next level. The Nippon Club Japanese Course evaluates each students’ level and outcomes of learning seriously and carefully.

3) Located conveniently in Midtown West with excellent Japanese cultural facilities

The Nippon Club, a Japanese private social club is located in a very convenient location across from Carnegie Hall, West 57th Street.

The students of the NC Japanese language course may enjoy early lunch at the Dining room (11:45 AM to 1:00 PM) on the class day.  The Nippon Gallery is anytime welcome students during its exhibition.  They also have great chances to participate or experience cultural events in the Nippon Club.

Annual Schedule

  • There are 3 terms every year.
  • Course offering and registration will be available approximately one and one half months before the start of each term.
  • There are not only language courses but also special events related to Japanese language and culture.

Course Levels

Course Listing

Refer to the framework of levels of Japanese language below to evaluate your level. Click here (PDF) for more detailed description of each level. To learn more about JF Standard, please click here: JF Standard.


Meet our experienced and qualified native Japanese-speaking instructor!

Yoko Sakurai

Ms. Sakurai received her MA in Applied Linguistics and Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. She is accredited by the “Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language” in Japan. She taught Japanese in Tokyo from 2002 to 2006, and since 2007 she has been a Japanese lecturer at institutions in NY, including Hunter College, Fashion Institute of Technology, The New School, Pace University, and other private language schools. She has been teaching at The Nippon Club since January 2012, when we launched as The JF Japanese Language Course, which was provided collaboratively by The Japan Foundation and The Nippon Club. She is a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Oral Proficiency Interview (ACTFL OPI) tester.


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