Donguri Kai – Level 1

Donguri Kai – Level 1

Donguri Kai – Level 1

Donguri Kai - Class level 1

Offering students multiple ways to study Japanese

JASC offers students the opportunity to begin studying Japanese both in-person at a class held at the JASC or virtually in an online class via Zoom.

We offer both in-person and online for Level 1 classes.

Below are the current winter class schedule. Spring class schedules will be posted closer to the start of the registration period.

ONLINE

New Students:

Mondays, 4:15pm – 5:00pm (Central Time)
This class is for students in K – 3rd grade who will learn Japanese for the first time. Students learn Japanese vocabulary, basic greetings, and conversational phrases. Class is taught in English.

Class size: 6 students

Instructor: Akemi Taguchi

Returning and Upper Grade Students:

Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 6:15pm (Central Time)
This class is for returning students who completed Level 1 New Students class or students 3rd – 6th grade who will learn Japanese for the first time. Students learn more vocabulary, phrases, and simple sentence structure. They also learn to identify and read the Japanese alphabets; Hiragana and Katakana. Class is taught in English.

Class size: 6 students

Instructor: Airi Okura

IN-PERSON

Saturdays, 9:30am – 10:15am (Central Time)

This class is for students in K – 2nd grade who will learn Japanese for the first time. Students learn Japanese vocabulary, basic greetings, and conversational phrases. Class is taught in English.

Class size: 8 students

Instructor: Kaori Tabion

Note: This class series is for 8 weeks during the 2024 Winter Session. No class on 2/10 and 2/24.
With the reduced number of classes, tuition is lower for the in-person class.

TUITION

2024 Winter session (10 weeks)
Week of January 8 – Week of March 23

NO class on the week of February 12 (mid-break)

JASC Member: $240/ session
Non-member : $300/ session

In-Person Level 1 Class Only 2024 Winter session (8 weeks)

Week of January 8 – Week of March 23

NO class on the week of February 12 and February 24 (mid-break)

JASC Member: $192/ session

Non-member : $240/ session

Donguri Kai offers small class sizes with 6 – 8 students. Registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Register soon!

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Akemi Taguchi(田口あけみ)

A journalist once said, “As a student, I learned from wonderful teachers, and ever since then I’ve thought everyone is a teacher.” I have been teaching children for the last 30 years both in Japan and the United States. I have taught both in the classroom and as a Japanese teacher, and I am now so fortunate to be part of a great community of learners and teachers here at Donguri Kai. I hope to enjoy our journey to learn about this wonderful Japanese language and culture.

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Kaori Tabion(タビオン果織)

After 10 years of working in the healthcare industry, Ms. Tabion started with Ms. Yatsuda a study group teaching Japanese to their kids and friends. In 2017, she started Donguri Kai at JASC and has been teaching since. She is a member of an international research community of kanji teaching methods in multilingual children at Learn Japan.

Airi Okura

I am currently living in Osaka, Japan. I worked for a couple years in Chicago, then moved back to Japan in August 2023. I have been teaching children for 6 years. I worked at an international school in Japan teaching Japanese to international students for 4 years.  Hope to make my class fun for children to teach Japanese and culture through Donguri Kai.