Fundamental Courses – Japanese as a second or third language for young people in K-12
Please check the Elementary Course for children fluent in Japanese prior to enrollment.

School Features

  • Scholarships available
  • Broad array of facilities and rooms (Japanese Library, Multipurpose Hall, Tatami Room, Classrooms, Staff Room, Meeting Rooms and so on)
  • Student Council (School Event Planning, Volunteering, Fundraising)

Introduction & Timetable

Fundamental Courses are offered as Saturday year-long courses aimed to enable young students in K-12, who wish to learn Japanese as a second or third language, to acquire well-balanced skills of Japanese. 

Class Schedule

2022-2023 Calendar


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Fundamental A (FA)

Fundamental A (FA) is for young students to study Japanese for the first time.
Students will master Hiragana letters while learning very basic vocabulary, greetings, songs, and grammar through interactive activities and various kinds of audiovisual aids.  The class focuses on listening and speaking more than reading and writing.

Class time: Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00 pm

Fundamental B (FB)

Fundamental B (FB) is for those who have passed FA (or equivalent) and wish to continue to learn more basic vocabulary and more expressions while mastering Katakana letters. The class also focuses on listening and speaking more than reading and writing.

Class time: Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fundamental C (FC)

Fundamental C (FC) is for those who have passed FB (or equivalent).
They’ll start studying Japanese grammar more systematically with a textbook and audiovisual aids, to acquire useful sentence structures to describe themselves, their family, and their friends.

Class time: Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fundamental D (FD)

Fundamental D (FD) is for those who have passed FC (or equivalent).
They’ll learn more variety of sentences and expressions with textbooks and interactive activities such as discussion, role-play etc.  They’ll also start learning Kanji.

Class time: Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fundamental E (FE)

Fundamental E (FE) is for those who have passed FD (or equivalent).
They’ll build more advanced vocabulary while learning how to connect sentences into a longer story to express their opinions in Japanese. FE students will be able to reach the passable level of N5 (JLPT, Japanese Language Proficiency Test).

Class time: Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00 pm

Fundamental Starter

Fundamental Starter course is for the students between Grade 3 and Grade 6 who wish to learn Japanese as a foreign language for the first time, and to start to join our program in September. You’ll learn hiragana, katakana, kanji, and some basic Japanese in a small group based on your age.  Once you have developed your knowledge and skills in these areas, we will transfer you to Fundamental B, C, D, E or F during the school year.

Also, students between Grade 1 and Grade 12, and adult students, who want to join our program in the middle of the school year may also join this class.  Once you have developed sufficient knowledge and skills, we’ll transfer you to the appropriate Fundamental, Youth, or Adult class.

Class time: Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Youth A-C (G7-12)

Class time: Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Youth A-C (G7-12) + Extracurricular class (Extracurricular 2022-2023 class video)  

Extracurricular Class time: Saturday, 3:10pm – 4:10pm

*Native Japanese is Required for all Extracurricular classes except the “Dance” class.


*Some courses may be grouped together depending on number of students enrolled.

Please contact the VJLS at 604-254-2551 or e-mail info@vjls-jh.com for more info on classes, tuition, and admissions.