School’s In! JETAABC Alumni Japanese Class Starts on September 16, 2014.

The art of the jiko-shokai, as demonstrated by our alumni.

Welcome to all of our new students, and welcome back to all of our returning Japanese-language enthusiasts!

Our first lesson, this past Tuesday, September 16, was a blast, and I hope that you’re looking forward to a fun and fruitful term.  Stay tuned to the blog for entries, and please advise the course organizer of any topics you’d like to see here.

Wishing you all the best on a great class. Yoroshiku, ne!


Fall 2014 Japanese Course

JETAABC is pleased to announce that it is organizing the Fall 2014 JET Alumni Japanese language course! If you are interested and want to take free Japanese lessons, read on and then sign up at bySeptember 5, 2014.


The Fall 2014 course will be 10 classes-long and run on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. Classes are scheduled to begin in the middle of September (exact start date TBD).

The course is scheduled to take place at the Japanese Consulate in Vancouver (Suite 900-1177 Hastings St West, Vancouver, BC).

The level will be determined based on the proficiency of the applicants.

The classes are a great way to reconnect with the JET community, and to dust off those old nihongo skills.


The classes are free. As part of our proposed funding agreement, however, our generous sponsors require that there be at least 10 students per class.

In order to encourage attendance, each student must provide a $150 deposit the first day of class. Each student is entitled to three “free” absences during the 10-class term. Each further absence entail a $20 “absentee fee”.  Any outstanding absentee fees will be due on or before the last day or class, and any absentee fees may be deducted from your $150 deposit. Thus, if you attend 7 or more classes, you entire deposit will be returned to you.

Students may be asked to pay for copies of lesson materials.  The class also features a JETAABC Japanese Language Course blog, which we invite you to check out


To confirm your participation in this fall’s JET Alumni Japanese language course, please fill in the sign-up sheet available at the following link:

The application deadline is September 5, 2014.


Once you have filled in the application form, and once our funding has been confirmed, we will contact you to confirm that the class will take place and to provide you with more information. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the course coordinator at

We look forward to receiving your application and to another great JET Alumni Japanese language class!

Welcome to the JETAABC Japanese Language Class Blog!

Hello JET Alumni and Japanese language enthusiasts, and welcome to the JETAABC Japanese Language Class Blog!

This new blog is meant to enhance your language class experience, introduce some ways for you to improve your Japanese language skills on your own, and to share some interesting Japanese language resources.  If you have any ideas about topics or posts, please let me know.  The goal of the blog is to point students to interesting resources rather than review or create them – it is a kind of sign-post or springboard to encourage you to seek out new and fund ways to study.

I’ll see you on January 21, 2014!