• Each Term on an as needed basis, pending sufficient enrollment.

Date & Time:

  • 8 weekly one-hour sessions. Out 2022 Term 4 course meets Mondays 8:00-9:00pm beginning Monday 17 October 2022 (NZ time).

Time Zone equivalents:

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Sun 16 Oct, 9:00-10:00pm

  • US Pacific: begins Mon 17 Oct, 12:00-1:00am

  • US Eastern: begins Mon 17 Oct, 3:00-4:00am

  • London, UK: begins Mon 17 Oct, 8:00-9:00am

  • Paris, France: begins Mon 17 Oct, 9:00-10:00am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Mon 17 Oct, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Mon 17 Oct, 2:00-3:00pm

  • Singapore: begins Mon 17 Oct, 3:00-4:00pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Mon 17 Oct, 6:00-7:00pm


  • Advanced Japanese is specifically designed for learners wishing to prepare for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) offered by the Ministry of Education. The JLPT, is a standardised criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers, covering language knowledge, reading ability, and listening ability. It currently has 5 Levels.

  • It is offered on an as needed basis. If interested please contact us via our Contact form and we will put you in touch with our instructors to arrange a suitable time and date. This course meets for one-hour each week.

Meet our Instructor

Japanese Instructor Yurika Arai, M Phil English and M Professional Studies

Yurika comes from Japan and has been living in Hamilton for over 30 years. She taught Japanese at the University of Waikato for 15 years and currently works as an early childhood education teacher and a freelance translator.


EarthDiverse, 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton or online via Zoom. All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning option:

  • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

All prices in NZ dollars and includes GST. Unwaged includes students, seniors and retirees.


  • Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time either in-person or via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are posted within 24 hours of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning session on a day and time of your choosing.


  • Introductory Japanese materials will be used throughout the course and are included in the course fees. These will be distributed as PDF files via email, which you can print at home and add to your own loose-leaf notebook. These may be supplemented by additional materials. You will require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking notes, and perhaps a recording app on your phone to record yourself and your spoken progress. Any notes that your instructor writes on the class whiteboard will be emailed to you as a digital PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.


Prerequisites for this Course

  • Placement in this class from our Japanese instructor.Please contact us if you think that you are are eligible to take this course.

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