1. The Tsukuba Information Center will accept applicants for Japanese Language Classes beginning March 1. There will be two levels taught: beginners and intermediate, and the classes will focus on the functional side of the language. Each class is limited to 20 students who are able to regularly attend the classes. It will be held at the Tsukuba Information Center every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 beginning April 11 and running through September 26 (20 lessons). There is no charge other than the price of the textbooks. If you are interested, drop into the Tsukuba Information Center (next to Nova Hall) and fill out a registration form. Applicants will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 52-6789 and ask for either Kyoko or Urara.
2. The Tsukuba Cultural Foundation will also be sponsoring classes similar to that above with 3 class levels being taught on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. These classes are likewise limited to 20 students each and last for the same 20 sessions, running from April 4 and 5 through September 26 and 27. The 3 levels consist of introductory (for those learning Japanese for the first time), beginner (for those who know basic phrases and can read hiragana and katakana), and intermediate (for those who want to be able to speak more "living" Japanese).
Applicants must be foreign residents of Tsukuba over the age of 18 who do not have the basic Japanese language skill necessary for daily life. Each class runs from 6:30 to 8:10 pm and are held at eh Ninomiya Public Hall, Ninomiya 4-6-2, across Nishi Odori from Doho Park. If more than 20 apply for any of the 6 total classes, applicants will be selected on the basis of their Japanese language ability and the length to time they have been in Japan.
Each class costs ¥5000 for the 20 sessions plus textbook fee, and is non-refundable, payable on the first day of class. Registration forms are available at the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation at Azuma 1-2-5 (across from the Jusco/Seibu multi-story parking lot), and are officially accepted between March 1 and 31, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. You can call 56-7007 for more information. 3). The new Ibaraki YMCA will begin its foreign language program in April, with professionally trained teachers teaching small Japanese conversation classes at the beginning and intermediate levels. Both day-time and evening classes will be offered at both levels, with introductory level classes being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:10 pm and on Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:40 pm. The intermediate level, which is designed for those students with between 50 amd 100 hours of previous classroom study, is likewise held twice a week, with both sets of classes being held on Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30 to 3:10 pm and 7 to 8:40 pm respectively.
The first series of 20 sessions begins April 18th and lasts until June 29. Summer, fall and winter sessions are also planned. Classes will be held at the YMCA/Tsukuba Christian Center building near Daiei (Higashi Arai 24-7, tel. 52-4128), and applications will be received from March 1 at the YMCA office. A pamphlet explaining the program will be available at that time, and an explanatory session will be held on March 24th from 2 pm and again from 7 pm for all who are interested in finding out more about the program. The cost is ¥33,000 per 20 session term with a one-time registration fee of ¥3000. The orientation sessions for both afternoon and evening sessions are scheduled for April 11 at 2 and 7 pm respectively.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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