The Tsukuba Cultural Foundation is offering language classes on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings beginning Oct. 14 and running through the end of March. The only cost involved is 6000 yen (5000 yen for pervious students) plus the cost of the text and other materials. The hour and 30 minute classes begin at 6:30 pm and finish at 8:00 pm and will be held at the Tsukuba Capio Hall, 1-10-1 Takezono, just east of Daiei). The classes will be divided into 5 levels, Introductory (for those with no previous study) and Beginner (for those who can read hiragana and katakana and communicate standard basic phrases), Intermediate I (for those who can write hiragana and katakana and understand easy sentences, Intermediate II (for those who can speak basic everyday Japanese), and Nihongo no kai (for those who can speak everyday Japanese and wish to learn more about Japanese culture).
Registration is from Sept 1 to 30 and is limited to 15 applicants for each class. Applicants must be foreign residents of Tsukuba over the age of 18 years old who do not have the adequate Japanese language skills. If more than 15 persons apply for a particular class, applicants will be selected on the basis of their Japanese ability (or lack thereof!) and the length of time they have been in (or are planning on being in) Japan. To register, pick up an application form at the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation office (across from the exit of the multi-story parking lot behind Jusco at the back of the building) between 8:30 am and 5:15 pm Tuesdays through Sundays.
For more information, contact the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation at 56-7007 (fax 56-7009) and ask for Ms. Yoshiba, Ms. Ohki, Mr. Ono or Ms. Miyamoto.
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