The Tsukuba Cultural Foundation is sponsoring 5 levels of Japanese language classes for Foreign residents of Tsukuba. Held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:10 pm at the Ninomiya Public Hall (Kominkan), each class lasts for 20 sessions and is limited to 20 participants. Each of the five levels is offered on both evenings, with the Tuesday classes running from Oct. 7 to March 24 and the Wednesday classes from Oct. 8 to March 25.
The five levels consist of an introductory class for those who don't know the difference between "doomo" and "doozo", the beginner class for those who can more or less read hiragana and katakana and can say a few phrases, the intermediate I for those with a bit more confidence than that and who can understand basic sentences, the intermediate II for those who can communicate at a basic conversational level, and "Nihongo no Kai", for people with moderate language skills (defined as "everyday conversation") who wish to learn more about Japanese culture.
Applicants are limited to foreign residents of Tsukuba 18 years old and above who have a felt need to increase their language skills. If more than 20 apply for any particular class, applicants will be selected on the basis of their Japanese ability and the length of time they have been in Japan. There is a non-refundable entrance fee (once you're accepted) of 5000 yen, with the cost of any textbook in addition to that. The deadline for registration is Sept 30.
To apply, pick up a form at the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation office (across from the multi-level parking garage on the north side of Jusco). If there are still vacancies when the classes begin, you can still register up to the beginning day of class. For further information, contact the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation at 56-7007 and ask for Ms. Yoshiba, Ohki or Miyamoto. (Fax 56-7009).
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