from April 17, Japanese Language Lessons

by Lynn Moyers on March 12, 2018

This spring, JASO offers three class levels in Japanese language for general and business purposes.

Introduction for Japanese for Business – BJB 101

This course provides participants with an opportunity for intensive speaking and listening practice to start and improve Japanese-language oral communication skills. Through active classroom participation within a culturally-authentic context, participants will deepen their awareness of the Japanese language.

After taking this 8-week course and with sufficient effort, participants will be able to understand and exhibit culturally-appropriate Japanese business behaviors and will gain confidence interacting with Japanese business people in real-world situations.

Participants will practice greetings and ritual expressions; introducing themselves; exchanging business cards; and talking about people, places, daily activities, schedules, food and drinks, and shopping. Conducted in Japanese.

Beginning Japanese for Business – BJB 102

This class is for students who have taken BJB101 or who can demonstrate ability to speak Japanese at the level of BJB101.

After taking the 8 week course and with sufficient effort, participants will become more confident speaking Japanese and will be able to communicate well with Japanese people without offending business partners or clients in Japan.

The course focuses on oral communication in a culturally-appropriate manner, with an emphasis on pronunciation that facilitates natural interaction with native speakers. Conducted in Japanese.

Intermediate Japanese for Business: Selected Topics – IJB 302

This course is for those who have completed a minimum of two years of formal language instruction (or equivalent) and are familiar with basic Japanese grammar patterns.

This class is for participants roughly at Level 2 on the ILR (The Inter-agency Language Roundtable) proficiency scale who are working on reaching Level 3. Course content will be determined based on participants’ skill level and needs.

All courses need a minimum of 4 students committing in order to run. Each course has 8 classes, with 90 minutes/class. 12 hrs total.


BJB 102 – Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7pm, April 17 to June 5 – 8 weeks
IJB 302 – Tuesdays from 7:10pm to 8:40pm, April 17 to June 5 – 8 weeks
BJB 101 – Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7pm, April 18 to June 6 – 8 weeks


Chie Furukawa, MA in Foreign Languages, PSU; Japanese Language Teaching Certificate, PSU. Japanese Language teaching experience at PSU, Vanderbilt University & Wellesley College.

Preparation for Class

Students in all courses are expected to spend a minimum of 2 hours each week preparing for class.


Members – pay on or before April 6, $300; pay April 7-16, $350
Non-Members – pay $425.

Returning members pay $275 if by April 6, regular rates if after.


Classes will be held at 221 NW 2nd Ave, 3rd floor conference room, Portland, OR 97209

Sign Up: Now open.  

Refund policy

Course will run with minimum 4 students signing up. If course does not run, 100% of fees refunded. Cancellation after April 13, no refund if your cancellation causes numbers to drop below 4 in total. 50% refund otherwise. Refund processed after classes start. We will communicate with you as sign-up windows close regarding number of sign-ups.

We understand business people sometimes have travel or other work and life commitments that cause them to miss class. We price these classes affordably in order to take this into consideration. We do not give refunds because “work became busy”.

Company Classes

We can visit your company too. Just contact us at the office for details.

English Language Classes

We can help you find English Language services through several excellent member organizations.

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