Always been curious about Japanese? Having trouble sticking to independent study? Our Japanese Classroom offers an accessible, affordable opportunity to participate in a positive group study environment.Registration is Open
Spring semesters begin late January, the week after MLK day, and run through late March or early April. Registration typically opens after Thanksgiving and concludes about 2 weeks before the semester star. Four classes are offered each semester. Each class meets once a week for 90 minutes, 10 weeks total. These sessions follow the Japan Times Genki Series and include reading, writing, speaking, listening, and cultural components. Styled after college curricula, these comprehensive classes begin with Japanese 101. Each course covers 3 chapters. Japanese 101-104 cover Genki I and Japanese 201-204 cover Genki II.
Summer semesters are styled differently than the Spring and Fall. These semesters are shorter – 10 class hours over just 5 weeks. Summer semesters begin in late May and conclude by the end of June. Registration typically opens in March and concludes 2 weeks prior to the start of classes. These classes focus on singular areas of the language (speaking, kanji, or test prep) and most use a textbook that corresponds to the focus. Past classes include: Kanji Bootcamp, Survival Japanese, Everyday Encounters, and JLPT Prep.
Fall semesters begin the last week of September and run through early December. No class meetings are held the week of Thanksgiving. Registration typically opens in August and concludes 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester. Four classes are offered each semester. Each class meets 90 minutes per week for 10 weeks. These sessions follow the Japan Times Genki Series and include reading, writing, speaking, listening, and cultural components. Styled after college curricula, these comprehensive classes begin with Japanese 101. Each course covers 3 chapters. Japanese 101-104 cover Genki I and Japanese 201-204 cover Genki II
William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Registration costs $400, or $380 for JASGP members except where otherwise noted. Textbooks may also be purchased through JASGP.
Hear It From Our Students
“Learning Japanese at the JASGP has been a great experience that has only deepened my interest in Japan. Thanks to the the dedication of the teachers and JASGP staff it has been a real pleasure to attend classes and improve my language skills. The JASGP has a wide breadth of programs and activities and I would warmly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about Japan, its language and culture.”
-Branimir Vasilić, 101-204 Student
“One of the best things about taking classes at JAGSP is that everyone is learning Japanese for different reasons. Our classes are always diverse and the instructors are always engaging. I learn something new every class, culturally and linguistically.”
-Jessica Kwasniak, 101-102 Student