At Renison University College, you can take the leap and build connections to a worldwide community of Japanese language and culture enthusiasts!
Whether you are building on a newly sparked interest or want to develop a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and tradition, Renison's credit-free Japanese language and culture courses are the perfect place to start.
Registration deadline: May 7, 2021
PLEASE NOTE: Spring 2021 COURSES WILL BE HELD ONLINE.
|Current course offerings||Tuition fees and cancellation policy|
|How to register and how to pay||Course descriptions|
|Course code and title||Dates||Day and time|
|JP 115 - Integrated Japanese 1||May 19 - July 21||Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm|
|JP 125 - Integrated Japanese 2||
May 20 – July 29
(no class: July 1)
|JP 215 - Integrated Japanese 3||
May 20 – July 29
(no class: July 1)
|JP 119 - Expressing Characters and Words through Japanese Calligraphy||
May 19 - June 23
PLEASE NOTE: classes will be held synchronously at the time listed above.
Registration deadline: May 7, 2021
Certificate policy for Japanese courses
What do our students have to say?
Andrew Petalik says:
I've completed three courses so far, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. My goal of visiting Japan and being able to truly interact with its people is seeming more and more attainable every day.
Tuition: $260.00 CAD (language courses); $160.00 CAD (calligraphy course)
+ One-time administration fee: $30.00 CAD
NOTE: the administration fee only applies to students that are taking a non-credit language course or Renison Institute of Ministry course for the first time. Students that have previously taken a non-credit language and culture course or Renison Institute of Ministry course do not have to submit this fee again.
Cancellation, Withdrawal, and Refund Policy
- If a course is cancelled, the one-time administration fee and tuition will be refunded to students in full or they may defer their registration to the next term (deferrals can be made once).
- The one-time administration fee of $30.00 CAD is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled.
*The administration fee does not apply to students who have previously taken a non-credit Indigenous studies, language and culture, or Institute of Ministry course at Renison.
- Students may withdraw from a course up until the registration deadline for a full tuition refund. After the registration deadline, students may withdraw up until the day before the second class and be refunded 80% of their tuition. After this date, refunds will not be issued.
Requests to withdraw should be sent in writing over e-mail to Anna Fletcher-Marsh
- Please complete an online registration form.
Once you have submitted your registration form, you will be contacted with further information about your course including course materials, instructor's contact information, and classroom location.
You can pay one of the following ways for your non-credit course:
1. Bank Payment
- Contact email@example.com for your student ID number.
- Add Renison University College as a bill payment “payee”.
- Use your student ID number as the “account number”. Please be very sure that you are using the correct student ID number.
- Allow 2-4 business days for your payment to reach Renison University College.
- If you post-date your payment, we will not be able to process it until the date of the payment. Late fees may apply.
2. Online via our Shopify page.
3. In-person at the Renison Reception Office (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm). Payment methods accepted are: cash, cheque, money order, debit, Visa or MasterCard. (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE)
Alternatively, cheque or money order payments can be mailed to the Renison Reception Office, 240 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G4.
Note: you must submit payment for your course prior to the course start date. Please also ensure that you submit payment for the administration fee if this is your first non-credit language and culture course at Renison. In the case you do not submit payment, Renison University College will contact you directly..
Based on the language skills acquired in JP 110/115, students will continue to develop integrated skills through online-based instruction. Students will practice producing simple statements and questions in daily-life contexts, with an emphasis on basic grammatical structures and communicative strategies. The katakana writing system will be introduced.
Building on Japanese knowledge and skills acquired previously, students will continue to develop integrated skills by learning grammatical structures and increased vocabulary. This course focuses on building language skills for social activities in various settings. Approximately 50+ basic kanji characters will be introduced.
This course explores the calligraphy art form while teaching fundamental brush techniques. Students learn to appreciate the history and insight of characters and words through lectures by a renowned Japanese calligraphy artist.
This course is open to students in the novice through advanced levels of calligraphy and native or non-native Japanese-language speakers.
Course code: JP 119
This course is designed for those who have some knowledge of the Japanese language, but less confidence in speaking. The course focuses on pronunciation and developing useful expressions for real-life situations.
Course code: JP 120
The focus of this course is to produce simple statements and questions using basic grammar structures and pronunciation guidelines. By the end of this course, students will be able to carry out simple everyday communication in Japanese. The kanji writing system is also introduced.
Course code: JP 210
In this course, students continue to develop their language skills with an increased emphasis on spoken Japanese. They work on improving grammatical accuracy and vocabulary development while acquiring more knowledge of Japanese culture. The Kanji writing system is further explored with the introduction of 100 additional Kanji.
Course code: JP 220
Aimed at developing students understanding of colloquial Japanese, this course is designed to expose students to authentic materials, especially Manga. Students learn new expressions while reviewing grammatical points of elementary Japanese to enhance their previous knowledge and integrate it into real-life contexts.
Prerequisite: Conversational Japanese Level 4 (JP 220), or equivalent.
Course code: JP 235
The focus of this course is to further enhance vocabulary and expressions. Closer attention is paid to subtleties that are unique to the Japanese language.
Course code: JP 230
In order to address socio-linguistic aspects of the Japanese language, honorific and humble expressions as well as the concept of "uchi (inside)" and "soto (outside)" are introduced. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to deal with conversations in formal settings. Students also learn ways to describe events from different perspectives. By taking the sixth non-credit conversational Japanese course, students will have learned the fundamentals of Japanese grammar.