What is J-Basic?
 

J-Basic is an online language maintenance course, designed for teachers who would like to build up basic language skills, but who do not have access to or cannot attend a continuous course. Through this course you will develop a basic working knowledge of Japanese grammatical structures and build up your confidence and skills in using Japanese effectively in your classroom.

The course assumes a basic knowledge of the Japanese syllabary, and the ability to read and write hiragana and katakana.

Each stage is designed to be completed in eight weeks. They contain 8 units of work, including a final revision unit. To see which grammatical structures are covered in each stage, open the documents below.

Stage 1 (PDF/67KB)
Stage 2 (PDF/67KB)
Stage 3 (PDF/68KB)
Stage 4 (PDF/75KB)
 
When does J-Basic run?
 
J-Basic runs concurrently with the Australian school calendar. Dates for 2015 are as below:
 
  Start Date End Date
Term 1 February 2 March 27
Term 2 May 4 June 26
Term 3 August 3 September 25
Term 4 19 October December 11
 
How much does it cost?
 
Fees are outlined in the table below. Course fees are non-refundable. (UK and NZ participants, please note that these fees are listed in AUD, and the price may fluctuate depending on the exchange rate at the time.)
 
  Standard View Previous Stages
Stage 1 A$130  
Stage 2 A$130 + $A40
Stage 3 A$130 + $A50
Stage 4 A$130 + A$60
 
How do I apply?
 
1. Sample
To see what J-Basic is all about, you can take a sample lesson on the site.
Click here to view it—you will be prompted for a username and password, which you can find below.

USERNAME: guest
PASSWORD: view
 
2. Level Check Test
To make sure each student takes the most appropriate stage, we ask that all new students take a level check test.

Once you have downloaded and completed the test below, scan and send it to jbasic@jpf.org.au. It will be marked by a Language Consultant, who will advise you on the best level to enrol in.
Level check test
 
3. Application Form
Once your level has been confirmed, you will need to fill out the online application form. You can access it here*.

An invoice will then be issued. Once the invoice has been paid, your username and password will be released, allowing you to access the site and complete the course.

*The online form uses Google Forms and is subject to Google’s standard terms and conditions of use. If this is a matter of concern for you, please contact the Japan Foundation, Sydney to make alternate arrangements.