For the beginning classses, we use "Japanese For Busy People I ", for the intermediate classes, "Japanese For Busy People II " by AJALT (Association for Japanese-Language Teaching ) For the advanced classes, we provide handouts at no charge.
Beginning A ( Book I, Lesson 1 - 6 )
Topics -- Introductions, Exchanging business cards, Asking about business hours, and Shopping
Grammar and usage -- the affirmative, the negative and the interrogative of copula, particles ( wa, o, e ), question words ( what, whose, how much, what time, when, with whom ), ko-so-a-do words, time, counters (mai, hon, hitotsu), etc.
Beginning B ( Book I, Lesson 7 - 12 )
Topics -- Visiting another company, Going to Nikko, Looking for a parking lot, Making plans for the weekend, At a tempura restaurant, and Receiving hospitality.
Grammar and usage -- time expressions (day, week, month), particles ( ga, ni, de ), being (arimasu, imasu), location nouns, counters (hitori), question words (where, how, who, how many), kinship terms, adverbs of frequency, i-adjectives and na-adjectives (present affirmative and negative forms ), motion verbs ( present, past affirmative and negative forms ), etc.
Beginning C ( Book I, Lesson 13 - 18 )
Topics -- Giving compliments, Expressing gratitude, Invitations, Participating in a festival, Talking about plans, and Making a request.
Grammar and usage -- giving and receiving, i-adjectives and na-adjectives ( past affirmative and negative forms ), telephone call, invitations and suggestions ( -mashoo, -mashoo ka, -masen ka ), Te-form of verbs, requests ( -te kudasai ), etc.
Beginning D ( Book I, Lesson 19 - 25 )
Topics -- Going to an art museum, At an art museum, Being warned or advised, Busy at the moment, Responding to an inquiry, Being introduced to someone, and at a party.
Grammar and usage --Nai-form, periods ( minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years ) question word ( how long ), ask permission (-temo iidesuka), refuse permission (naide kudasai), present progressive, habitual actions and current states ( -"te imasu), preference (-ga sukidesu), desire (-tai desu), etc.
Intermediate A (Book II, Lesson 1 - 5 )
Topics -- Rush hour, Lost and found, The health club, A business trip, A new word processor
Grammar and usage -- comparisons, Te-form of adjectives as a connective, ku/ni -form of adjectives as adverbial use, dictionary form of verbs ( before, can + dictionary form ), Ta-form ( experience - ta kotoga arimasu ), plain form of verbs, become + adjectives, nouns ( -ku/ni narimasu ), after + ing ( -te kara ), connective particle (-shi ) , etc.
Intermediate B ( Book II, Lesson 6 - 10 )
Topics -- A pale face, Mr.Johnson's arrival, The Obon festival, Prep school, Letter from Kyushu
Grammar and usage -- had better (-hooga iidesu), modifying nouns, I think that -( -to omoimasu ), obiligations, orders, prohibitions, and permission (nakereba narimasen), etc.
Intermediate C ( Book II, Lesson 11 - 15 )
Topics -- Job interview, Hotel reservations, A gift of chocolate, The referee' s rule, A forgotten umbrella. Grammar and usage -- n desu-form (explanatory or confirmatory function), when, if, in the case (toki and baai), expressing uncertainty (daroo to omoimasu), expressing reason (node), Te-form indicating reason or condition, no in noun clauses,Tara-form, Nara-form, etc.
Intermediate D ( Book II, Lesson 16 - 20 )
Topics -- The new showroom design, Brown's diary, Birthday flowers, The public library, Cherry blossoms
Grammar and usage -- Ba-form, when and if (-to), plain style, volitional form, polite expressions, show intent or purpose (tsumori), potential form of verbs.