August 19th 2017 to May 19th 2018
August 19 to January 6th 2018
January 13th to May 19th 2018
Classes are every Saturday except the 5th Saturday of the month
Time: 9am to 12pm, various culture classes are included in each session
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: Elementary Japanese
Intermediate 1 is designed forstudents 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.)
Textbook: Kodomo no Nihongo 1
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.)
Textbooks: Adventures in Japanese 1
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.)
Textbook: Adventures in Japanese 2
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 ($20 for renewing students)*
1st Student in Family:
- Fall: $360
- Spring: $360
- Total: $720
Each Additional Sibling:
- Fall: $340
- Spring: $340
Please make check payable to Golden Gate Institute.
*In addition to registration and tuition fees, each student must purchase a textbook (cost depends on the class level and book being used). To cover supplemental study material provided by teachers, a $10 materials fee will also be collected each semester.
*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 send the Registration form by mail or E-mail.
Please make checks payable to Golden Gate Institute
2031 Bush St, San Francisco CA 94115