What kinds of activities do you include in your online Japanese classes?
The aim of the Beginner 2 level is to
use basic Japanese grammatical
structures to easily express what you
want to say. After taking these online
lessons, you'll surprise yourself and
find yourself saying, "Wow! I can use
this Japanese expression!”
Each lesson deals with a single
grammatical structure in Japanese. We
first take the structure in context
(where and when it is used), and then
we learn by practicing Japanese
conversations. Next, we use the
structure in basic drills and applied
practice. The practice level starts
easy and gets gradually harder, so you
do not need to prepare for the lesson.
You'll find that you can get through
the lesson without any trouble at all.
At the end of the lesson we use the
lesson in a variety of topics, as
students use the grammar structure in
more free-flowing Japanese. It is
really fun to hear from other students
from different countries and towns.
Intermediate Grammar (incl.
JLPT N2 and N3)
The Intermediate leve includes casual
Japanese language that we use
everyday, as well as more formal
expressions that are used in business
and in the news in Japan. The more
Japanese you learn, the more you come
to realize how interesting the
At the start or end of each lesson,
we often have quizzes on popular
Japanese idioms and words that have
multiple meanings?an activity sure to
help you with vocabulary learning.
Next, we take on two separate
grammatical points in Japanese. We
look at the meanings of the
structures, the situations in which
they are used, and connect each
structure to various types of test
We also do some Japanese sentence
restructuring exercises in line with
the newly revised Japanese Language
Proficiency Test (JLPT). Then I ask
students to create their own sentences
using the grammar. It may seem a
little difficult at first, but there
are a lot of hints in the lesson
materials, so you'll do just fine.
Other students' sentences are a great
help in creating your own Japanese
sentences, plus some sentences are
really funny. Humorous phrases are
always bound to generate a lot of
laughs! If we have some time left over
at the end, we often try two or more
JLPT test questions.
Please share your thoughts on teaching and learning Japanese.
I am always thinking about how
to make online Japanese lessons that
students can take without any stress.
I'm sure that some students worry that
the lessons will be too difficult or
that they do not know enough
vocabulary in Japanese to participate,
but I assure you that you will find my
online class a stress-free learning
environment. There are English
translations for the most difficult
Japanese words, and I provide hints
throughout the lesson using the text
chat area. You are also free to ask me
questions during the lessons. Give JOI
a try, and I'm confident you'll enjoy
learning Japanese online.