Foreign Languages

 
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Japanese 101: Reading and Writing

Wednesday, May 22nd-August 9th (meets for 1 hour twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays) at 4pm EST

Alternate Dates:

Wednesday September 11th-November 29th at 4pm EST

$300 per student

6 students maximum, minimum 2 students to run

Ages 11+

This twelve week course is entirely devoted to learning the two of the three main Japanese writing systems, Hiragana and Katakana. Knowledge of these two writing systems will be necessary in order to read the main text of Japanese 102. Some Kanji (Chinese characters) may be introduced as well. 

 
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Japanese 102: Speaking

Wednesday, January 8th-March 27th, 2020 (meets for 1 hour twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays) at 4pm EST

Alternate Dates:

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$360 per student

6 students maximum, minimum 2 students to run

Ages 11+

Once students have mastered Hiragana and Katakana in Japanese 101, they can proceed to Japanese 102. In this twelve-week course, students will learn how to introduce themselves, express opinions and use culturally appropriate expressions for a variety of real-life situations. We will be using "Genki: Second Edition" by Eri Banno and it's accompanying workbook. 

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Laurabeth Rapaz teaches these two courses.

About Laurabeth:

Laurabeth Rapaz, our Founder,  is an educator born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Brown University in 2006 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. In 2012 she earned her M.A. in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York's Applied Theatre Program. She also spent 15 years as a professional actress in New York City (if you'd like to learn more about her acting credentials, click here). As an acting teacher she is dedicated to helping participants bring spontaneity, fun, risk, and most importantly, truth to their creative work. Laurabeth is also a professional puppeteer and toured with Lincoln Center Theater and the National Theatre of Great Britain’s Broadway production of War Horse, playing the foal, Baby Joey.

Laurabeth has traveled extensively to Japan, spending time there on several occasions as an exchange student. She also studied Zen Buddhism at Tofuku-ji temple in Kyoto under Roshi Fukushima Keido (renowned in Japan for his teaching and his calligraphy).