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Summer Teenage Course: Fukuoka

NB: June 2017 – very limited places available. Please check with CESA office. 


Most of the younger students come out in July and August to enjoy a summer holiday in this fabulous city; soak up the Japanese culture, improve their Japanese language skills and share the experience with other teenage students.  Please note: This course is not solely for teenagers.  Students of all ages are welcome to join this programme.  However there are generally a good 10 to 15+ teenagers (14 yrs to 17yrs of age) present in July and August.  They live in residence accommodation, specifically chosen for ease of access to the school by public transport and good student supervision).  Please note there are no dedicated teenage monitors watching the students, so any teenager wishing to join this programme will need to be fairly independent.

  • Min age: 14 yrs (many 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

Standard Course Year round dates
(July/August recommended for Teenage students):

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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.

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


Services offered to students 14/17 yrs of age:

The school are happy to accept students under 18 yrs, with or without parental/guardian supervision, providing several services to ensure that minors are safe and secure during their stay.

Airport pickup
A representative from the school or accommodation will be waiting at the airport to pick the student up from his/her flight and take him/her to the accommodation. There is a charge for this service.

Unaccompanied Minor Services (by airlines)
For the flights to Fukuoka, many airlines offer an Unaccompanied Minor service, a paid service where a staff member will take the student between flights if they have transfers, and make sure the student is handed over to the school representative at Fukuoka Airport. Generally this service is only required for students under 15 yrs of age. Please check with your airline for more details!

Offered with designated residencies
The school will only allow students under 18 yrs to stay in one of the designated residencies which offer special services for under-18 s.

A school counsellor is available Monday through Friday. The school provide optional sessions, to ensure that the student is adjusting to life in Japan, classes, and life with their host family.

Weekly reports
For parents who require it, the school will provide weekly updates on student progress, including information on academic achievement, interactions with the host family, activities that week, and staff observations.

Emergency contact numbers
The school staff offer a 24-hour emergency contact number that can be used by the student him/herself or parents calling from overseas, in the event of an emergency.

Personal alarm
All minor students are provided with a free personal alarm, that makes a loud noise when the pin is pulled. Students are asked to carry this when walking alone.

Cellphone rentals
Prepaid cellphones can be rented on a per week basis, from a company affiliated with the school. (Note: a credit card is required.) Normally, minors cannot buy prepaid cellphones without written proof of permission from their parents, in Japanese. However, the cellphone rentals the school have arranged are not restricted in this way. In Japan, there is no charge to receive calls on a cellphone, so carrying one means a student can always be reached by their family from abroad, or by the school. In addition, calls to emergency services are of course free.

Friendly, safe atmosphere
As the Fukuoka school is a small school, all teachers and students know each other, so minors are well supervised during their time in school, and can feel that they are in a safe and welcoming environment.

Friendly, safe town
Fukuoka is famous for the friendliness of its residents, and has a very low crime rate compared to most other parts of Japan.
The school accept students from 14 years of age and up. Students under 18 who wish to come from abroad to study at the school must also provide their parent or guardian’s signature when confirming their application, as proof of parental approval.

Residence accommodation

  • Offered to 14 yrs + age group
  • Single room in a residence of students (either language or uni students as a rule), self-catering
  • Allow 20/60 minutes commute each morning

There are various residency options, giving you a chance to live with other students, generally around 20 to 60 minutes travel time to the Japanese School.  Good sociable community feel – easy to make friends.  A couple of residencies are for women only, the others are mixed residencies.