The Society’s Japanese Language School exists to encourage the study of Japanese language in our community by providing access to high-quality and affordable Japanese language classes. JLS offers classes from beginner to advanced skill levels. JLS also holds preparatory classes for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

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Winter Term: January 9 – April 9, 2023 (13 weeks)

Early bird discount registration: 11/14-11/30. General registration: 12/1-12/31


Winter Term Registration Countdown

Starting September 2022, the JASWDC Japanese Language School (JLS) will transition from four terms to three terms.

Each term runs for 13 weeks and summer classes will no longer be held.  We hope to give students more time to study class materials and practice Japanese.  

Fall 2022: September 6 – December 4
Winter 2023: January 9 – April 9
Spring 2023: May 8 – August 6
Fall 2023: September 5 – December 10

We are dedicated to providing in-depth, accessible language classes tailored to suit your Japanese level. As such, all JLS classes are offered online through Zoom.

For all questions, please call (202) 833-2210 or e-mail language@jaswdc.org. If you need assistance finding the most suitable class for your level, you may call or e-mail us, or take a self-assessment placement test.

We kindly ask that you refer to our FAQ before inquiring. Thank you.