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UH Hilo offers non-credit Japanese language classes

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Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers multiple levels of non-credit Japanese language classes with long-time instructor Hiroko Igarashi.

Japanese Conversation, Beginners, Level 1 covers basic language skills. Conversation practice is included as well as reading and writing. This class is designed for ages 12 and up. The Genki 1 textbook and workbook, 2nd edition, are required. Classes are held Thursdays, January 24-May 2, 4:30 - 6 pm, in UH Hilo’s College Hall Room 6. Cost is $180.

Japanese Conversation, Beginners, Level 2 focuses on progressing students’ practical Japanese language skills. Students joining this class must be familiar with hiragana and a few basic greetings. This class is designed for students age 12 and up. The Genki 1 textbook and workbook, 2nd edition, are required. Classes are held Wednesdays, January 23-May 1, 4:30 – 6 pm, in UH Hilo’s College Hall Room 6. Cost is $180.

Japanese Conversation, Beginners, Level 3 is for students who know hiragana, katakana, and beginner's level conversation, including introductions and explaining simple daily activities. The focus will be on increasing vocabulary, understanding sentence structure and advancing conversation skills. The Genki 1 textbook and workbook, 2nd edition, are required. Classes are held Tuesdays, January 22-April 30, 5 -6:30 pm, in UH Hilo’s College Hall Room 6. Cost is $180.

Japanese Language: Advanced is for students who can easily understand basic conversational Japanese and know fundamental kanji. Classes are taught primarily in Japanese language for an immersion experience. The Kanken Level 9 book is required. Classes are held Mondays, January 28-April 29, 5 - 6:30 pm, in UH Hilo’s College Hall Room 6. Cost is $160 for continuing students, and $170 for new students.

Igarashi has a BS in Mathematics, BA in Communication, and an MA in China-US Relations. She has many years of experience teaching Japanese to children and adults in the community and as a UH Hilo lecturer.

For more information and to register, contact CCE at 932-7830 or visit https://hilo.hawaii.edu/cce/.


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