Courses & Programs

The NC Japan Center seeks to foster a greater understanding of Japan in North Carolina through language and other programs. Our non-credit Japanese language courses are open to the public (high school age students and above); and all classes are currently being hosted online (Zoom Meetings), due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All online programs cost $210 for the general public, and $190 for NC State-affiliated persons. All class payments must be made through the NC Japan Center eStore (there is a 3% convenience charge). As a policy, the NC Japan Center does not offer refunds, though extreme circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Class registrations/payments on the NC Japan Center eStore are restricted to registration periods. The registration period for the Summer 2021 semester is now OPEN. The registration period for the Summer 2021 semester will end on Friday, April 16.

Summer 2021 Course Registration/Tuition Payment: eStore LINK

*Please DO NOT use a Yahoo email address to register or for ANYTHING connected to the NC Japan Center, including email communications. We often DO NOT receive these registrations and communications correctly from individuals using Yahoo email addresses!*

Program Summary

We use Genki, a highly acclaimed and best-selling textbook used at NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and many other colleges [list]. Often considered the “gold standard” of Japanese language instruction, Genki’s easy-to-follow grammar explanations and accompanying CD-ROM help students develop Japanese skills at their own pace.

We ask all students taking courses utilizing the Genki textbooks (I or II) to also purchase the accompanying Genki workbook (I or II). These are often sold bundled together with their textbook counterparts on online shopping portals such as Amazon and eBay, and are also found in bookstores like Kinokuniya and of course the NC State Bookstores (“Wolfpack Outfitters”). Please ensure that the workbook you purchase is indeed the Second Edition, and has the accompanying CD.

*New for Summer 2021: Adult 1a/1b will be using the Genki I THIRD EDITION

please be careful when ordering your textbook/workbook!*

Students in youth courses will have a smooth transition to college Japanese courses. Those interested in manga and anime can develop basic skills to understand Japanese spoken by their favorite characters.

We also offer courses to prepare students for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or “JLPT” [more details]. JLPT certificates serve as acknowledgement of qualification and offer various advantages, such as preferential consideration for employment at Japanese companies, and other companies with connections to Japan.

Class Descriptions (Summer 2021 Semester)

Adult 1-a: Mondays (May 3-August 23, 6:30–8:30 PM *No class May 31, July 5)
Adult 1-b: Tuesdays (May 4- August 10, 6:30–8:30 PM)

For those new to the Japanese language. Introduces hiragana, katakana, and 15 kanji, basic grammar and vocabulary, question sentences, verb conjugation, present tense, greetings, time/age, shopping.
Textbook and Workbook: Genki I, Third Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 1–3.

Adult 2-a: Mondays ((May 3-August 23, 6:30–8:30 PM *No class May 31, July 5)

Adult 2-b: Thursdays (May 6- August 12, 6:30- 8:30pm)
Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 57 new kanji. The grammar includes past tense, adjectives, counting, “Te”-form and joining sentences, counter units.
Textbook and Workbook: Genki I, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 4–7.

Adult 3: Mondays (May 3-August 23, 6:30–8:30 PM *No class May 31, July 5)*Full
Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 59 new kanji, past tense short forms, qualifying nouns with verbs and adjectives, comparisons between items, colors, and public transportation.
Textbook and Workbook: Genki I, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 8–11.

Adult 4: Tuesdays (May 4- August 10, 6:30–8:30 PM)
Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 64 new kanji. The grammar includes potential verbs, volitional form, using sentences to qualify nouns, superlative, and additional predicate patterns.
Textbook and Workbook: Genki I Second Edition, & Genki ll  Third published by The Japan Times. Lessons 12–15.

Adult 5: Tuesdays ((May 4- August 10, 6:30–8:30 PM)
Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, 63 new kanji, transitivity pairs, honorific verbs, and giving respectful advice.
Textbook and Workbook: Genki II, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 16–19.

Adult 6: Thursdays (May 6- August 12, 6:30- 8:30pm)
Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 61 new kanji, passive sentences, causative sentences, and causative-passive sentences.
Textbook and Workbook: Genki II, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 20–23.

Intermediate Japanese: Wednesdays ((May 5- August 11, 6:30–8:30 PM )
Designed for those who have completed Genki II and Lessons 1-8 of

 An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese [Revised Edition]

3 lessons from the textbook will be covered during the semester (L9 –L11), which include expressions for giving and receiving gifts, making reservations, complaining, and apologizing as well as additional vocabulary and kanji in intermediate level Japanese.

Textbook : An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese [Revised Edition] published by The Japan Times. (Lessons 9-11): ISBN 978-4-7801308-6

Workbook: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese Workbook [Revised Edition] published by The Japan Times. (Lessons 9-11): ISBN 978-4-78901308-6

Advanced Japanese: Thursdays ((May 6- August 12, 6:30–8:30 PM)

Designed for those who have completed Genki II, have reached the intermediate level and aim to achieve the level of JLPT N2. There will be discussions on the reading materials as well as writing summaries and answering comprehension questions.

Textbook: 「話す・書くにつながる日本語読解」中上級筆者:小野恵久子他 

発行所 株式会社アルクISBN 978-4757426863  

JLPT N3: Mondays (May 3-August 23, 6:30–8:30 PM *No class May 31, July 5)
Preparatory course for the JLPT N3 test given on December, 2021. This course is appropriate for those who have passed the JLPT N4 test or have equivalent proficiency. The course will also focus on conversational skills appropriate for various occasions.
Textbooks: 新完全マスター文法N3, ISBN978-4-88319-610-4 N3 聞く聴解、ISBN978-4-89689-470-7

JLPT N2: Tuesdays (May 4- August 10, 6:30–8:30 PM)
Preparatory course for the JLPT N2 test. This course is appropriate for those who have passed the JLPT N3 test or have equivalent proficiency. The course will also focus on conversational skills appropriate for various occasions.
Textbooks: 新完全マスター文法N2, ISBN978-4-88319-565-7N2聞く聴解、ISBN978-4-89689-745-2

JLPT N1: Wednesdays (May 5- August 11, 6:30–8:30 PM)

Preparatory course for the JLPT N1 test. This course is appropriate for those who have passed the JLPT N2 test or have equivalent proficiency. The course will also focus on conversational skills appropriate for various occasions.
Textbooks: 日本語能力試験N1完全攻略テキスト&実践問題集, ISBN978-4-8163-5031-3, N1聞く聴解, ISBN978-4-89689-484-4

Programs and Scholarships

Monbusho Scholarship Program:
Japan’s Ministry of Education also provides scholarships for undergraduate study of the Japanese language and culture, as well as graduate research in a variety of fields. North Carolina scholars can obtain additional information and application materials from the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta:
http://www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp/

Japan-America Student Conference:
Each year, nearly 80 students from Japan and the United States unite in a student-managed 30-day forum, to discuss a wide variety of topics that are important to both nations. The conference alternates between being held in the U.S. and Japan, every year. For more information, visit the Japan-America Student Conference website:
http://iscdc.org/

The JET Program:
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites college graduates to live and work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (“ALTs”) in elementary, middle and secondary schools. The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (“JET Program”) requires no prior Japanese language experience, and contracts begin with a commitment of one year. Upon satisfactory completion of the initial, one-year contract, JET participants can provisionally extend their contracts up to a maximum of five years. Applicants who already speak Japanese with some fluency may also be assigned as Coordinators for International Relations (“CIRs”), assisting local governments. For more information, please visit the JET Program’s official site:
http://www.jetprogramme.org/

National Science Foundation Summer Programs in Japan and Korea:
The U.S. National Science Foundation and Monbusho cooperate in a variety of research, study and teaching exchange opportunities. Support is available in all NSF areas, including natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences and economics.

The North Carolina Japan Center has applications and descriptive materials available, and maintains a cordial relationship with the NSF programs. The NSF Tokyo Regional website maintains information on funding opportunities for students and researchers:
http://www.nsftokyo.org/