Due to COVID-19 we are having a classes online using Zoom.
We will start the fall semester online on August 15th 2020.
Fall 2020 :August 15th to January 9th 2021
Spring 2021 :January 16th to May 15th
We accept late registrations. Please E-mail us.
- Time: Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00 am
- Registration fee: $50
- First half of the tuition: $360 (Payment Due, August 10th, 2020)
- Second half of the tuition: $360 (Payment Due January 8th, 2021)
- Zoom fee: $15 (full year $30)
Classes are every Saturday except the 5th Saturday of the month
Time: 9am to 12pm
The class may change depending on the number of the students enrolled.
No Japanese knowledge required. Students learn some verbs and simple phrases including how to read and write Hiragana. We provide an environment where students are encouraged to be creative by using visual arts, such as music and art, to support their Japanese language studies.
Textbook for Basic: Introductory Japanese
In the beginner levels, students learn all the basics, including how to read and write Hiragana and Katakana. They are also introduced to Japanese manners and etiquette. We continue to use creative arts and music to support their Japanese language studies. The students master all Hiragana and Katakana at the completion of this level.
(Areas covered include: greetings, numbers, counting, family members, colors, adjectives, minomawarino terms, verbs, present and future tense, and questions.)
Textbook for Beginner 2: Ohisama
Intermediate 1 is designed for students who have already acquired knowledge of simple Japanese words and expressions, as well as know how to read and write all Hiragana and some Katakana. By the end of the school year, students are introduced to 80 Kanji characters. Students learn how to read and write several conjugations of verbs and adjectives to form different expressions. They are also given opportunities to practice simple conversation.
(Areas covered include: verb conjugations [negative form and past/future tenses] and adjective conjugations.)
Intermediate 2 and 3 are designed for students who are able to read and write Hiragana and Katakana proficiently without support and have already mastered basic expressions through studying at Kinmon Gakuen for at least 4 years, or equivalent level learners. In the class, students learn more complex expressions to develop their writing and conversation skills, as well as be introduced to 160 more Kanji.
(Areas covered include: short form and “te”-form of verbs, past form and past negative form of adjectives, and comparison structures.)
In Advanced 1, class sessions are held mostly in Japanese. Students expand their comprehension capacity and increase their vocabulary to improve their conversation skills. They learn an additional 200 Kanji, while mastering everyday conversation and being introduced to formal conversation.
(Areas covered include: expressions using potential, volitional, causative, passive, and compound forms.)
In Advanced 2, students further improve their comprehension skills and increase their vocabulary and Kanji knowledge. They are expected to express opinions in Japanese and have highly structured discussions with their classmates. They also focus on test-taking skills for passing the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Level N3.
Tuition and Registration Fees
Annual Registration Fee: $50/year
1st Student in Family:
- Fall: $360+Zoom fee $15
- Spring: $360+Zoom fee $15
- Total: $750
Each Additional Sibling:
- Fall: $340+Zoom fee $15
- Spring: $340+Zoom fee $15
*In addition to registration and tuition fees, each student must purchase a textbook (cost depends on the class level and book being used).
*Enrollment in the middle of a semester is possible. Please schedule an appointment with us, so that we can determine what course might be best for your child.
Please fill out the forms listed below.
Please send the forms by E-mail and send a payment check by postal mail.
Please make checks payable to Golden Gate Institute or Kinmon Gakuen
2031 Bush St, San Francisco CA 94115