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The Japanese school in Kyoto is located close to the center of Kyoto and is ideally situated to access the historic center of the city. The school is staffed by bilingual staff who are there to help your time in Kyoto be as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.
It is an international language school with students from 40 countries learning Japanese. Lessons are taught in Japanese exposing you to the language from day one. The international atmosphere at the school benefits student’s interaction with Japanese language learners from around the world using the Japanese language as the language of communication. This provides a great opportunity not only to meet people from around the world but to practice Japanese everyday.
The school also runs Japanese language teacher training courses and students have the opportunity to meet teachers in training for further language practice.
The school was establish in 1986 to promote the Japanese language to foreigners and is accredited by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education.
The syllabus is designed with emphasis on building communication skills to teach the necessary language to be able to function in everyday situations in Japan. Lessons are lively and you will be able to learn and practice new language everyday.
A large variety of stimuli is used in class to prompt and simulate everyday situations and interactions. This provides the perfect opportunity to become familiar with and to use the Japanese language in functional settings.
The school has long term courses for students who plan to enter university or graduate school in Japan and has a 100% success record in students enrolling at university or college.
This course is for people who wish to learn the Japanese language systematically. In order to acquire natural Japanese, each lessons targets one of the four language skills such as speaking. Special emphasis is given to communicative Japanese to build students ability to be able to function in Japan. As the course develops more complex language skills are learned providing the necessary skills for university entrance or for business and employment.
Student’s ability is assessed and graded to one of five levels based on tests and assignments.
Activities to stimulate and support the learning process include:
Project Work (visiting schools, making a short video, surveys)
Home Visits (visiting a Japanese family to learn and experience culture and customs)
Visitor sessions (guests visit classes to provide information about their field and to answer questions)
Circumstances (learn various aspect of Japan through geography and history lessons, debates on current issues, or visits to local institutions)
Presentations (such as speeches, recitation of literature, or on the results of learning achievements)
The long term program includes free optional lessons such as preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU).
The school is also authorized by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and offers assistance in facilitating employment opportunities within Japanese companies.
This course can be started in January, April July and October each year and can be taken for up to 2 years. Lessons are Monday to Friday, 4 lessons daily. Morning classes, from 9:00am – 12:15pm, are for intermediate and advanced students. Afternoon classes, from 1:30pm – 4:45pm are for beginners. A level check is taken on the 1st day of class and you will be assigned to a group corresponding to your level.
|Term||Period||Approximated Level at Completion||Target|
|1||3 months (11 weeks)||Beginner level. Equivalent to Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 4 (Approximately 100-150 Kanji)||Acquire minimum conversation skills in order to live in Japan|
|2||6 months (22 weeks)||Elementary to pre intermediate level. Equivalent to Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 3 (Approximately 300-400 Kanji)||Students will be able to function in daily conversations, to understand basic sentence patterns and be able to express opinions, write a short essay.|
|4||9 months (33 weeks)||Low intermediate to intermediate level. Equivalent to Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 2 (Approximately 1,000 Kanji)||Students will be able to have daily conversations without any problems. They will develop more vocabulary and terminology and be able to enter a vocational school.|
|7||6 months(22 weeks)||Advanced level. Equivalent to Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1 (Approximately 2,000 Kanji)||Students will be able to communicate with Japanese with no difficulty. Also, they will have acquired enough Japanese language ability to take entrance examinations for universities.|
|6 months||1 year||1 year 3 months||1 year 6 months||1 year 9 months||2 years|
Fees include visa application, health insurance and assistance finding part time employment.
This course is for people who wish to acquire useful Japanese in a relatively short period of time. You will learn smooth and natural Japanese focusing especially on speaking and listening. This course is particularly useful for people who wish to experience living in Japan while learning functional Japanese.
Beginner learners can start this course in January, April July and October each year. People who know Japanese up to an elementary level can begin the course any Monday.
Classes are Monday to Friday, 4 lessons daily. Morning classes, from 9:00am – 12:15pm, are for intermediate and advanced students. Afternoon classes, from 1:30pm – 4:45pm are for beginners. A level check is taken on the 1st day of class and you will be assigned to a group corresponding to your level.
You will be given light homework everyday and each Friday there is a test on what has been studied Monday to Thursday. At the end of each term there is an exam on what has been studied that term. The results of the test confirm your level for the following term.
Activities to stimulate and support the learning process include:
Excursions ( each term there is an excursion where you will experience and learn Japanese culture such as a tea ceremony or making Japanese confectionary)
Presentations (each semester there is a speech contest)
Teaching practice (you will be taught by a teacher in training providing an opportunity to talk to Japanese people besides your teacher)
Free talking (each week the school facilitates a communication exchange between Japanese and foreign students where the language used in Japanese)
|Term||Period||Approximate Level at Completion||Target|
|1||3 months||Beginner||Acquire minimum communication skills in order to live in Japan (self introduction, shopping, ordering at restaurants, inviting friends etc|
|2||6 months||Elementary||Acquire enough Japanese for daily life in Japan (asking directions, asking for permission, talking about past experiences) Able to speak formal or casual Japanese depending on the situation (polite requests, expressing gratitude etc)|
|4||3 months||Pre Intermediate||Review sentence patterns at elementary level and acquire their usage. Express ones opinions and write a composition|
|5||6 months||Intermediate||Acquire smooth communication ability and power of expression. Be able to read and write caring about sentence patterns and formation|
|7||6 months||Advanced||Able to talk about specialized fields and general topics. Able to get most of the meaning from newspapers, adverts, magazines etc|
- Monday to Friday (5 days/week) 9:00 - 12:15 or 1:00 - 4:45 (45 mins. x 4 periods/day)
- Balanced study of all 4 skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
- Additional conversation exchange arranged with Japanese students every week.
|From – To - Duration||Holiday(s)||Tuition||Level Check|
|A||*Feb 7 – Mar 4 (4 weeks)||Feb 11
|B||*Feb 28 – Mar 25 (4 weeks)||Mar 21||76,000 yen||Feb 26|
|C||April 7 – June 24 (3 months)||Apr 29, May 3-5||170,000 yen||Apr 5|
|D||April 7 – May 24 (2 months)||Apr 29, May 3-5||120,000 yen||Apr 5|
|E||April 7 – May 10 (4 weeks)||Apr 29, May 3-5||80,000 yen||Apr 5|
|F||*May 11 – June 7 (4 weeks)||80,000 yen||May 9|
|G||*May 30 – June 24 (4 weeks)||80,000 yen||May 28|
|H||July 7 – Sept 22 (3 months)||Jul 19, Aug 13
|170,000 yen||July 5|
|I||July 7 – Aug 20 (2 months)||Jul 19, Aug 13||124,000 yen||July 5|
|J||July 7 – Aug 4 (4 weeks)||Jul 19||80,000 yen||July 5|
|K||*July 27 – Aug 24 (4 weeks)||Aug 13||80,000 yen||July 26|
|L||*Aug 25 – Sept 22 (4 weeks)||Sept 20||80,000 yen||Aug 23|
|M||Oct 6 – Dec 22 (3 months)||Oct 11, Nov 3
|170,000 yen||Oct 4|
|N||Oct 6 – Nov 18 (2 months)||Oct 11, Nov 3||120,000 yen||Oct 4|
|O||Oct 6 – Nov 4 (4 weeks)||Oct 11, Nov 3||80,000 yen||Oct 4|
|P||*Oct 26 – Nov 24 (4 weeks)||Nov 3, 23||80,000 yen||Oct 25|
|Q||*Nov 25 – Dec 22 (4 weeks)€||80,000 yen||Nov 24
- *Not for complete beginner learners.
- Fees do not include a registration fee of Yen 5,000 or materials.
- If you have a specific time frame, please consult us.
This Japanese course is a combination of the intensive course and the pre college course. You will join a 3 month intensive course and then keep studying on the pre college course.
To enroll on this course you should ideally submit application details 6 months in advance because of the pre college visa application deadline and process.
However, you can cut this time period down by applying 6 months in advance, collecting visa application documents and then join a 3 month course.
During the 3 month intensive course you visa will be processed. By the end of the 3 months your pre college visa will be ready and you do not have to leave Japan. You then continue to study for the duration of the pre college visa.
The school does not operate its own accommodation but uses the services of several accommodation agencies. We will act as an intermediary and introduce you to our partner agents. There are four types of accommodation (dormitory, guest house, apartment, and homestay).
All accommodation is located at a convenient distance to the school and costs begin at 50,000 Yen per month for short term courses and 35,000 Yen per month for long term courses.Dormitory
- Dormitory warden is present round the clock providing assistance and security.
- Many international students live in the dormitory and you can easily make friends and practice your Japanese.
- The cost of dormitory accommodation is much less than other options.
- This is sharing a house with other people, so not a guest house by western means.
- You will have your own bedroom but will share the living room, kitchen, toilet and bathroom.
- This is a good opportunity to become friends with people from different countries and walks of life.
- You can choose your period of stay on a monthly basis.
- No deposit or key money is required which helps you to cut down your expenses.
- Basic furniture and home electronics are supplied so that you can start a comfortable life immediately.
- You can live with Japanese family in their house for a short period of time (3 months max).
- As a general rule, breakfast and dinner will be served each day, but this is optional.
- Not recommended for smokers or people with allergies.
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