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Japanese Language Classes: Fall 2018 Term

  • 18 Sep 2018
  • 15 Nov 2018
  • 221 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97209


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JASO Fall 2018 Japanese Class Schedule Announced

This fall, JASO offers three classes in Japanese language for general and business purposes.

Introduction for Japanese for Business – BJB 101, Thursdays 6:30-8pm
This course provides participants with an opportunity for intensive speaking and listening practice to improve Japanese-language oral communication skills. Through active classroom participation within a culturally-authentic context, participants will deepen their awareness of the Japanese language.

After taking this 8-week course and with sufficient effort, participants will be able to understand and exhibit culturally-appropriate Japanese business behaviors and will become confident interacting with Japanese business people in real-world situations.

Participants will practice greetings and ritual expressions; introducing themselves; exchanging business cards; and talking about people, places, daily activities, schedules, food and drinks, and shopping. Conducted in Japanese.

Beginning Japanese for Business – BJB 102/103, Tuesdays 6:15-7:45pm

This class is for students who have taken BJB101 and/or 102 or who can demonstrate ability to speak Japanese at the level higher than BJB101.

After taking the 8 week course and with sufficient effort, participants will become more confident speaking Japanese and will be able to communicate well with Japanese people without offending business partners or clients in Japan.

The course focuses on oral communication in a culturally-appropriate manner, with an emphasis on pronunciation that facilitates natural interaction with native speakers. Conducted in Japanese.

Intermediate Japanese for Business: Selected Topics – IJB 303, Tuesdays 7:50-9:20pm

This course is for those who have completed a minimum of two years of formal language instruction (or equivalent) and are familiar with basic Japanese grammar patterns.

This class is for participants roughly at Level 2 on the ILR (The Interagency Language Roundtable) proficiency scale who are working on reaching Level 3. Course content will be determined based on participants’ skill level and needs.

Students are expected to be comfortable studying short passages with intermediate kanji.

All courses need a minimum of 4 students committing in order to run. Each course has 8 classes, with 90 minutes/class. 12 hrs total. If you are unsure of your level - sign up! We will work together to find the best class for you.


BJB 102/103 - Tuesdays from 6:15pm to 7:45pm, Sept 18 to Nov 6 - 8 weeks
IJB 303 - Tuesdays from 7:50pm to 9:20pm, Sept 18 to Nov 6 - 8 weeks
BJB 101 - Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8pm, Sept 20 to Nov 8 - 8 weeks

*A Week 9 class may be held if unforeseen circumstances force cancellation of a prior week.


Chie Furukawa
, MA in Foreign Languages, PSU; Japanese Language Teaching Certificate, PSU. Japanese Language teaching experience at PSU, Vanderbilt University & Wellesley College.

Preparation for Class
Students in both courses are expected to spend a minimum of 2 hours each week preparing for class.

Members - pay on or before September 7, $325; pay September 8-16, $375
Non-Members - pay $500.

Returning members pay $300 if by September 7.

Classes will be held at 221 NW 2nd Ave, 3rd floor conference room, Portland, OR 97209

Sign Up: Now open.  

Refund policy
Course will run with minimum 4 students signing up. If course does not run, 100% of fees refunded. Cancellation after September 14, no refund if your cancellation causes numbers to drop below 4 in total. 50% refund otherwise. Refund processed after classes start. We will communicate with you as sign-up windows close regarding number of sign-ups.

We understand business people sometimes have travel or other work commitments that cause them to miss class. We price these classes affordably in order to take this into consideration. We do not give refunds because “work became busy”.

Japan-America Society of Oregon is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. 221 NW 2nd Ave #202, Portland, OR 97209

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