Q: Do I have to be a member to join the language school?
A: No, but there is a financial advantage to doing so, because members get reduced tuition. Plus, being a member of the Society provides you with additional benefits.
Q: How do I know which level class I should join? Will you test me?
A: Ultimately, it is up to the student to choose their own level. However, JASWDC offers self-assessment placement tests for levels 101-304, and can provide consultation for students who do not know which class is most appropriate. Please call us at (202) 833-2210 or stop by during our office hours (M-F, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) for a consultation, or take a self-assessment test.
Some advanced courses may require interviews or pre-tests. If either is required, this will be noted on the class descriptions handout.
Q: What if I choose the wrong level? Can I switch classes?
A: You can change to another class, provided there is space available. JASWDC must approve the change.
Q: Is there a difference between the A, B, and C classes? (Ex. 101A, 101B, 101C)
A: No. The only difference among these are the days and times they are held. All classes with the same number level are the same in terms of content/curriculum.
Q: Do you offer academic credit for your classes?
A: No. However, we will issue a letter of completion to you upon request, provided that your attendance during the semester was 60% or higher.
Q: How do I know if I got the class I wanted?
A: We will email you, confirming your registration.
Each class, with a few exceptions, has a maximum of 12 students, and we register students in the order in which they apply and pay. Once a class is full, we will post a notice on our website. If a class has five or fewer registrations, it will be cancelled.
Q: You haven’t announced the next semester yet, but I want to be sure I get a spot. Can I pre-register or reserve a place?
A: No. Like other schools and academic institutions, you cannot register before registration formally opens.
Q: When does your next semester begin? It’s not on your website.
A: We have four semesters a year. The starting date will be announced approximately 3-4 weeks before classes begin. The starting date is based on the Society’s overall calendar and the availability of a full complement of qualified teachers.
Q: Can I be on a waiting list for the class I want?
A: Yes, once registration opens, we do have waiting lists. You must provide us with your payment information, although we will not process any payment until a place becomes available. If the semester already has started and you join the class later, we will not pro-rate the tuition.
Q: If I miss a class, do I get a refund for that class? And can I schedule a make-up class?
A: No. However, all online classes will be recorded so you can request a copy of the recording to catch up on anything you missed.
Q: Do you offer private classes?
A: Yes. Also we offer private classes via Skype® to those who cannot come to JASWDC for a class.
Q: Can I make private arrangements for tutoring with my teacher?
A: Yes. You can either ask your teacher about his/her availability or submit a request for private classes here.
Q: If I drop out, can I get a refund?
A: If you drop out by the deadline date, you will receive a full refund. If you drop out by the beginning of the semester, we will refund 50% of your tuition. After that, there will be no refund. If you call by telephone, you must follow-up with a written request for a refund.
Q: Where do I get the textbooks and other materials?
A: All textbooks and materials can be purchased from us before or on the first day of class, provided that they are available. Once purchased, they cannot be returned.
Q: Can high school aged students enroll in the language school?
A: Yes, if you are 14 years old or older. Because classes are taught in the evening, if a student is under 15 years of age, an adult must accompany him/her to and from class.
Q: Do you offer any language classes for children?
A: JASWDC does not offer Japanese language classes for children (under 14 years of age) at this time. The Japanese Language School is an adult language school and the curriculum is comparable to a college level course. The majority of our students are working professionals or college students. Some of our teachers do offer private lessons for children, but their availability varies. Please see our Private Classes page for more details.
Q: How do I find out more about the Japanese Language Proficiency Test? Where and when is it given?
A: You should visit the JLPT website. Please note that JLPT is administered by the Japan Foundation.
Q. What will happen to classes if there is inclement weather?
A. JASWDC follows the Office of Personnel Management‘s decision regarding whether or not to close the office during inclement weather. If the federal government is closed, JASWDC will most likely be closed as well, and no classes or events will be held that day. For the most timely information regarding office closures, please follow us on Facebook.