A new method of kanji vocabulary learning was applied for an intermediate Japanese course. Words in the textbook were rearranged in order of word frequency (high to low), then two learning steps were taken. The first step was to learn words WITHOUT Kanji, and the second step was to learn the written forms for those already learned words WITH use of Kanji. Intervals of several days were placed between the two steps throughout a term. Students kept marking good scores on the formative tests during the term, and their results on the end-of-term exam outperformed all of the previous exams.