JASDFW Language Program

8 week courses
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CDT

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The Japanese Language Program at JASDFW offers beginning level Japanese classes to help learners build foundations of learning the Japanese language. The focus is on conversational Japanese and learning the language in social context. Classes will cover familiar topics regularly encountered in daily life and friendly social situations.  The goal is for learners to have a basic understanding of how the language is used in different social circumstances while learning some essential Japanese language structures and cultural/social values.

The program also offers several workshops throughout the year that focuses on specific themes (travel tips, tv shows, etc)  or particular structure of the language (the use of des, particles,  the writing characters, etc). 

These Japanese classes will be conducted via Zoom. Attendees must have a device with audio and video capabilities, as well as an internet connection. The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth reserves the right to cancel the class if it does not meet the minimum attendance number. Please contact us at info@jasdfw.org if you have questions about this workshop and language classes.

Costs (8-week courses, workshops are separate price)

Member: $150
Non-member: $200
Membership Bundle*: $180 (Save $15!
*Includes JASDFW regular individual/family membership


This is a sample schedule, the actual classes may differ – please check our calendar for current and upcoming classes

Week 1: Course overview, introduction to Japan, basic greetings, Yes/No in Japanese

Week 2: Self-introduction, meeting and greeting

Week 3: This -That, asking questions (what is this/that?)

Week 4: Talking about likes and dislikes, asking questions (what you like/don’t like?)

Week 5: Talking about what you can and cannot do, asking questions (What can you do?)

Week 6: Useful fillers and expressions of reactions, adjectives and adjective sentences

Week 7: Review and practice 

Week 8: Final presentation 

Japanese Language Programs Coordinator and Instructor

Ikuko Fujiwara

Her academic and professional background is in TESOL and Composition which began with earning a Master’s degree in TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her career has been devoted to instruction and supporting student success while promoting diversity and inclusion in educational spaces. She has experience teaching Japanese, ESOL and college composition at various colleges in the United States. She is committed to creating inclusive and meaningful learning spaces where people engage in cross-cultural/intercultural understanding and learn to use language in empowering ways.

Additional Instructors

Grace Chalker
Texas born and raised, Grace graduated from the University of North Texas with degrees in Linguistics and Japanese. She spent a year studying abroad at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto where she fell in love with Japan’s history and culture. Upon graduating, Grace taught Japanese for over four years. She has assisted students with AP Japanese and JLPT test prep and led an 18-day study abroad trip in Japan in 2018. During the 2019-2021 school years, Grace worked as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) at junior high schools in Japan. She continued her Japanese studies and passed the JLPT N2 exam. She is excited to show students how fun learning a second language can be!

Keiko Yokoyama
Her 20+ years of professional experience include teaching a variety of subjects at a Japanese school, providing one-on-one English language support to Japanese students to succeed in their local school learning, and tutoring non-native Japanese students in the Japanese language. Her dedication and attentive support to each student represents the fulfillment of the mission of language education in an increasingly globalized world, while serving the community as a bridge for cross-cultural communication.

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