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Learn Japanese in Fukuoka: Courses

There are a great range of short term Japanese courses, with the option to book various extra classes which ensures the Japanese School appeals to language students with a wide range of interests. Japanese courses are offered from 2 to 20 weeks depending on your language needs and time available.

Academic Year/Term Course

Ideal long term study programme for those who want to make serious progress with their Japanese.

Standard Course

  • Min age: 14 yrs (majority of students will be 18 yrs+ age range)
  • 20 group Japanese language lessons per week
  • Course duration: 2 to 12 weeks
  • Max 8 people per class
  • Offered: Year round

The Japanese language course is purely communication orientated, ideal for those who wish to study key grammar and conversation skills of the language, but don’t require in-depth study.   Classes are made up of 2 lessons of grammar and 2 lessons of conversation per day, with the main focus on real-life skills.  Learn common sentence patterns and vocabulary with your teacher and use them in practical situations both in and out of the classroom.
In reality we anticipate 2 to 3 students per class and rising 5 to 6 students per class in July/August.

If a student is the only person at his/her Japanese ability level, the Japanese school will provide reduced private classes for them.

Standard Course uses interesting and modern materials and activities to focus on improving your Japanese speaking ability in a way that gives you the flexibility to adapt to new situations, until one day you won’t even need a teacher any more!

Small-group classes are given both inside and outside of the classroom – you will learn essential communication techniques in structured lessons with the teacher, then practice them in real-world situations, such as:

Asking at the train station
Calling a movie theatre to ask for showtimes
Ordering delivery sushi
Calling a restaurant to make reservations
Giving a questionnaire to people in the park
Asking for directions at the train station
Buying electronics

Levels offered:
Beginner level 1, Beginner level 2, Pre-intermediate level, Intermediate level, Advanced level

* Sample schedule only. Actual schedule may differ.

AMPM
4-skills application class,
two 50-minute classes
Japanese grammar,
two 50-minute classes
Weekly Total20 class hours

 

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Standard Plus Course

  • Min age: 14 yrs (majority of students will be 18 yrs+ age range)
  • 20 group Japanese lessons per week plus 5 additional conversational classes
  • Max 8 people per class
  • Course duration: 2 to 12 weeks
  • Offered: Year round
  • Levels offered: Elementary plus (equivalent to 5 weeks/100 lessons)
  • Core classes: As Standard Japanese Course

PLUS: Additional classes focus on some of the interesting aspects of conversational Japanese that it can be hard to cover in the Standard Japanese Course classes, such as slang, dialects, specialized vocabulary, and more.  By using the special curriculum and techniques developed by the school’s teachers, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to learn to speak Japanese, and you’ll improve your language skills before you know it! Using diverse and up to date materials and activities to focus on improving your Japanese speaking ability in a way that gives you the flexibility to adapt to new situations. Small-group classes are given both inside and outside of the classroom – you will learn essential communication techniques in structured lessons with the teacher, then practice them in real-world situations, such as:

Asking at the train station
Calling a movie theater to ask for showtimes
Ordering delivery sushi
Calling a restaurant to make reservations
Giving a questionnaire to people in the park
Asking for directions at the train station
Buying electronics

*Sample schedule only. Actual schedule may differ.

AMPM
4-skills application class, two 50-minute classesJapanese grammar, two 50-minute classes
Conversational Japanese, one 50-minute class
Weekly Total25 lessons

 

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JLPT Exam Preparation

  • Min age: 14 yrs (majority of students will be 18 yrs+ age range)
  • 20 group Japanese lessons plus additional exam orientated classes per week
  • Exam preparation schedule: One hour of class per week, plus homework.
  • Course duration: 2 to 12 weeks
  • Offered: September/November (leading up to the JLPT exams in December)
  • Core classes: As Standard Japanese Course

PLUS: Preparation for the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Tests). Each week your teacher gives you homework, then analyses your weak points and discusses learning strategies with you. This option is available year-round, as a once-weekly option. Please note that you cannot choose which JLPT level you want to prepare for. Teachers at the school will assign a level for you according to your test results.

Start Dates: Please see Standard Course dates for September to November (leading to JLPT exams in December)

 

Pop-Culture & Japanese

  • Min age: 14 yrs (majority of students will be 18 yrs+ age range)
  • 20 Standard group Japanese lessons plus 5 Pop-Culture classes per week
  • Course duration: 2 to 12 weeks, not offered mid June/August
  • Learn Japanese as it is really spoken today!
  • Core classes: As Standard Japanese Course

Additional classes focus on Japanese pop culture ~ from manga to movies… to teach you the language as it is really spoken. You will study Japanese through movies and TV shows, listening to music, and reading Manga – write your own Manga! – and modern fiction and non-fiction writing.
Course material is chosen based on student interest and current ability (you really need to be Beginner 2 level or above, approx 60-80 study hours to participate in this course).  The course includes three cultural “experience” classes each week. Culture classes are held on a semi-fixed monthly schedule.

Class 1Class 2Class 3
1st weekLecture AOtaku Map TourFukuoka Tower & Robosquare
2nd weekMaid CafeCat CafeSoap Carving
3rd weekManga class A – DrawingManga Class B – WritingPop Idol & Mascot Shop Visit
4th weekLecture BMaking Display FoodsFukuoka Asian Art Museum
5th weekGame software company visitCanal City Fukuoka disaster prevention centre

 

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Japanese & Traditional Culture

  • Min age: 14 yrs (majority of students will be 18 yrs+ age range)
  • 20 Standard group Japanese lessons plus 6 cultural classes per week
  • Course duration: 2 to 5 weeks
  • Offered: Year round
  • Core classes: As Standard Japanese Course

PLUS: Cultural classes enable you to learn all about Japanese culture whilst still learning the language, and the chance to participate in it with other people.  You will have the chance to participate in or experience  some of the following: kimono wearing, ceramics decoration, tea ceremony preparation, calligraphy writing, flower arranging, Japanese cookery, dance and theatre trips, military arts classes(e.g. aikido), religion/spirituality, customs. The course includes three cultural “experience” classes each week. Culture classes are held on a monthly schedule, so activities repeat each calendar month. If a month has only 4 Mondays, the 5th week classes are not held that month.

Class 1Class 2Class 3
1st weekLecture ATouchou TempleKushida Shrine
2nd weekLecture BCalligraphy Tea ceremony
3rd weekHAKATA Traditional Craft
Furusato Kan
Zazen MeditationPottery
4th weekHakata Doll PaintingKatana Sword ClassYusentei Japanese gardens
5th weekMonochrome PaintingWrapping ClassCooking

 

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Private Tuition

  • Min age: 14 yrs (majority of students will be 18 yrs+ age range)
  • 10+ Japanese language lessons per week
  • Course duration: 1 week plus
  • Offered: Ten months of the year (sorry not available in July/August)

Flexible and intensive, these courses allow maximum progress for students or business people with limited time for study. Prices quoted in the price list apply to morning based programmes, reductions are offered for afternoon based programmes.

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