- Communication using Japanese is the goal
In Marugoto, using Japanese to actually communicate is the goal. The goal is not just to increase your knowledge of grammar and sentence patterns. Can-dos are set as objectives that show what you will be able to do in what situations, and you study Japanese that can be used in real-life situations. For example, at the starter’s level, for people who have just started studying Japanese, you take part in simple communication while doing things such as saying greetings, and talking about your hobbies and food you like. At the intermediate level, you practise speaking about yourself at length while doing things such as reading and listening to authentic Japanese. At whichever level, the aim is for people to understand each another while actually communicating in Japanese.
- Incorporating the latest theory about learning
Marugoto incorporates learning processes that are based on the results of a variety of studies on second language acquisition. For example, the process from input, in the form of audio recordings, to oral output is taken into consideration, so that ability in oral output can be increased. Grammar practice is designed so that, through Notice and Discover activities that take place within real communication, grammar can be learned within a meaningful context.
- Any learner can easily study Japanese with Marugoto
Marugoto is designed so that people can easily study at their own pace, even people who only have time to study Japanese once a week. This is particularly so at the Starter (A1) stage, where the learners’ workloads are made as light as possible, in order for them to be able to maintain their study. These learning materials are ideal for overseas learners studying Japanese as a hobby, and learners living in Japan studying Japanese for everyday life.
- Studying Japanese culture using a variety of topics
Marugoto is a set of learning materials that contains a good balance of both Japanese language and Japanese culture. You experience Japanese culture while studying a range of topics related to Japan, such as Travel, Food, Festivals and Manga. Because there are a lot of full-colour illustrations and photographs, you can make progress in your learning in an enjoyable way using a wide variety of visual information.
- Free downloadable supplementary materials
The audio recordings from Marugoto can all be downloaded from the website. A variety of free supplementary materials have also been made available, such as vocabulary lists and translations of the texts that feature in the learning materials. There are also resources for teachers who teach using Marugoto, such as a Teaching Guide.
- E-learning fully supported
Marugoto is not only for studying in class. E-learning is also supported, so that study in class can be linked to study outside class. On the website you can do self-study by checking the meaning of vocabulary using MARUGOTO Words (MARUGOTO-NO-KOTOBA), and by watching video using MARUGOTO +. You can also study Marugoto for free without having to go to a classroom if you use the online course known as Minato. To practise Japanese characters, you can make use of the HIRAGANA/KATAKANA/KANJI Memory Hint app.
Have fun studying Japanese language and culture using Marugoto, a brand new type of learning materials!
All over the world the number of learners studying with Marugoto is increasing!
The Japan Foundation has developed Japanese language courses aimed at adults (JF language courses), and approximately 20,000 people (as of 2015) are studying Japanese in JF language courses in 31 countries. Marugoto is used in most of the courses.
Find out about JF language courses here
- You can have fun learning Japanese while looking at photographs and illustrations, and experiencing Japanese lifestyle and culture.
- You will become able to take part in simple exchanges in different situations through listening to a variety of recorded conversations and doing speaking activities.
*Starter (A1) consists of two books: Katsudoo（Coursebook for communicative language activities） and Rikai （Coursebook for communicative language competences）. In Katsudoo the aim is to develop practical communicative ability through listening to a variety of Japanese and through speaking practice. In Rikai you are able to systematically study the language systems needed for communication. Both Katsudoo and Rikai can be main teaching materials, and the topics are the same. By studying using both, you can acquire an overall ability in Japanese.
Elementary 1 (A2)
- The aim is to learn everyday communication, and become able to talk about simple things in Japanese, such as your family, job, and your town.
Elementary 2 (A2)
- Little by little you will become able to increase the things you can do using basic expressions, such as arranging a trip and describing a tourist destination.
*In the same way as Starter (A1) , Elementary 1 and 2 (A2) both consist of two books: Katsudoo and Rikai.
- There are more topics that relate to personal matters, such as problems at work and views on marriage.
- The aim is to finish A2 and start B1 by becoming able to talk for longer and do activities such as reading e-mails and blogs.
Intermediate 1 (B1)
- The aim is to become able to talk in some detail, and have conversations with Japanese people about topics that you are interested in, such as manga you like and your experiences of taking part in festivals.
- Another aim is to become able to find information you need on the Internet, and post your experiences on SNS.
Intermediate 2 (B1)
Due to be published
in September 2017
- The aim is to become able to take part in more complex communication, such as giving information about recent news, giving health advice, and talking about your country’s traditional arts and history.
- Another aim is to become able to read and understand a variety of texts, such as internet bulletin boards and magazine columns.