Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture is a coursebook that is based on the JF Standard for Japanese Language Education, and offers learning in both language and culture.

JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education

A1
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1
  • C2
  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • B3
  • B4
  • B5
  • B6

Marugoto offers two methods of study: Katsudoo and Rikai for A1 and A2.

“Katsudoo: Coursebook for Communicative Language Activities” aims to increase communicative skill and responds to the needs of learners who desire to become able to speak in Japanese with the Japanese people near them in as short a time as possible.

With the purpose of furthering the understanding of characters, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence patterns, “Rikai: Coursebook for Communicative Language Competences” responds to the needs of learners who can already use Japanese, but wish to systematically study its structure as a language, as they do not understand it well.

Katsudoo and Rikai have a rich source of full-color photographs and illustrations. All realistic dialogues are provided as audio learning materials.
If you use both, you can make progress in your overall Japanese proficiency.

Intermediate

Intermediate 1 B1

Intermediate 1 B1

Author and Editor
The Japan Foundation
Writers
Kazuhiro Isomura, Kaoru Fujinaga, Yoshiko Kubota, Yukiko Ito
Page Size
A4 Size
Number of Pages
272 Pages (Full Color)
Number of Lessons
9 Topics Total
List PriceBase
Price 2,800 Yen + Tax
ISBN
978-4-384-05759-1
Date of Publication
October 1st, 2016
Number of Photographs
Approximately 240
Number of Illustrations
Approximately 380
Audio Learning Materials
MP3 Files

Pre-Intermediate

Pre-Intermediate A2/B1

Pre-Intermediate A2/B1

Author and Editor
The Japan Foundation
Writers
Hiromi Kijima, Tomoyo Shibahara, Naomi Hatta
Page Size
A4 Size
Number of Pages
168 Pages (Full Color)
Number of Lessons
9 Topics Total
List Price
Base Price 2,200 Yen + Tax
ISBN
978-4-384-05758-4
Date of Publication
June, 2015
Number of Photographs
Approximately 100
Number of Illustrations
Approximately 250
Audio Learning Materials
MP3 Files

Elementary 2

Elementary 2 A2 Katsudoo

Elementary 2 A2 KatsudooCoursebook for communicative language activities

Author and Editor
The Japan Foundation
Writers
Hiromi Kijima, Tomoyo Shibahara, Naomi Hatta, Naoyuki Kitani, Makoto Netsu
Page Size
A4 Size
Number of Pages
184 Pages (Full Color)
Number of Lessons
18 Lessons Total
List Price
Base Price 1,800 Yen + Tax
ISBN
978-4-384-05756-0
Date of Publication
October 20th, 2014
Number of Photographs
Approximately 210
Number of Illustrations
Approximately 350
Audio Learning Materials
MP3 Files

Elementary 2 A2 Rikai

Elementary 2 A2 RikaiCoursebook for communicative language competences

Author and Editor
The Japan Foundation
Writers
Hiromi Kijima, Tomoyo Shibahara, Naomi Hatta, Naoyuki Kitani, Makoto Netsu
Page Size
A4 Size
Number of Pages
202 Pages (Full Color)
Number of Lessons
18 Lessons Total
List Price
Base Price 1,900 Yen + Tax
ISBN
978-4-384-05757-7
Date of Publication
October 20th, 2014
Number of Photographs
Approximately 80
Number of Illustrations
Approximately 370
Audio Learning Materials
MP3 Files

Elementary 1

Elementary 1 A2 Katsudoo

Elementary 1 A2 KatsudooCoursebook for communicative language activities

Author and Editor
The Japan Foundation
Writers
Hiromi Kijima, Tomoyo Shibahara, Naomi Hatta, Imai Hisae, Kitani Naoyuki
Page Size
A4 Size
Number of Pages
184 Pages (Full Color)
Number of Lessons
18 Lessons Total
List Price
Base Price 1,800 Yen + Tax
ISBN
978-4-384-05754-6
Date of Publication
June 20th, 2014
Number of Photographs
Approximately 220
Number of Illustrations
Approximately 300
Audio Learning Materials
MP3 Files

Elementary 1 A2 Rikai

Elementary 1 A2 RikaiCoursebook for communicative language competences

Author and Editor
The Japan Foundation
Writers
Hiromi Kijima, Tomoyo Shibahara, Naomi Hatta, Imai Hisae, Kitani Naoyuki
Page Size
A4 Size
Number of Pages
204 Pages (Full Color)
Number of Lessons
18 Lessons Total
List Price
Base Price 1,900 Yen + Tax
ISBN
978-4-384-05755-3
Date of Publication
June 20th, 2014
Number of Photographs
Approximately 70
Number of Illustrations
Approximately 340
Audio Learning Materials
MP3 Files

Starter

Starter A1 Katsudoo

Starter A1 KatsudooCoursebook for communicative language activities

Author and Editor
The Japan Foundation
Writers
Hiromi Kijima, Tomoyo Shibahara, Naomi Hatta
Page Size
A4 Size
Number of Pages
148 Pages (Full Color)
Number of Lessons
18 Lessons Total
List Price
Base Price 1,500 Yen + Tax
ISBN
978-4-384-05752-2
Date of Publication
October 1st, 2013
Number of Photographs
Approximately 300
Number of Illustrations
Approximately 330
Audio Learning Materials
MP3 Files

Starter A1 Rikai

Starter A1 RikaiCoursebook for communicative language competences

Author and Editor
The Japan Foundation
Writers
Hiromi Kijima, Tomoyo Shibahara, Naomi Hatta
Page Size
A4 Size
Number of Pages
200 Pages (Full Color)
Number of Lessons
18 Lessons Total
List Price
Base Price 1,700 Yen + Tax
ISBN
978-4-384-05753-9
Date of Publication
October 1st, 2013
Number of Photographs
Approximately 110
Number of Illustrations
Approximately 560
Audio Learning Materials
MP3 Files