Practical Conversation Course
The target of the Practical Conversation Course is to have the students widen the areas of communication by themselves and enjoy their life in Japan more richly and independently. To achieve this goal, the lessons focus on improving conversational skills. The lesson in the beginner levels are structured with situations that students would likely encounter in their daily lives in Japan. As the level goes up, the range of conversation widens from daily topics to social and specialized ones. Each level up to and including level 5 can be completed with 4 weeks of lessons, however students can learn up to 16 weeks each in level 6 and 7. The Practical Conversation Course 20, which has an elective class everyday is recommended if students wish to improve reading and writing skills.
The original textbook for the Practical Conversation Course is structured with situations that students would likely encounter in their daily lives in Japan. Along with practical vocabulary and expressions useful in real life, the textbook visualizes grammatical structures (Ezoe grammar) to promote efficient learning and understanding.
The textbooks of level 6 and 7 are commercial materials "TOBIRA: Gateway to Advanced Japanese" and "Daigakuseini narutameno nihongo."
Small Group Class Lessons
The maximum number of students per class is 12. The teachers and students are close, the class has a relaxing atmosphere and students can enjoy personalized feedback. The lessons are structured mainly with pair works and a lot of time is reserved for speaking practice.
The lessons are structured day by day and the goal of each day is explicitly set. The curriculum is constructed with units of a week and students can complete the level by finishing 4 units. Students have homework every day and a review test every week. By building up these small steps, students are sure to realize their steady progress.
In the level 6 and 7, students complete each unit for a week and are given homework every unit, not every day. It is possible to study in the level 6 and 7 for up to 16 weeks each.
Elective Classes (reading, writing and cultural understanding)
For those who wish to learn not only conversation but also reading, writing and culture, the practical conversation course has a 50-minute elective class each day. Classes include writing (hiragana, katakana and kanji), reading comprehension, dictation, vocabulary, etc. The students will choose depending on their current reading and writing levels. In addition, it's possible to take classes about Japanese cultural experiences (tea ceremony, calligraphy, paper folding, sushi making, etc.) as well as cultural understanding (shrine, hot spring, Japanese cuisine, etc.).
Student progress is evaluated with the results of weekly review tests, a final interview test, and class performance as well as the attendance rate and homework submission rate. The result of 70% or above is necessary to advance to the next level.
|1 Lesson||Lessons per week||Class size||Time|
|50 minutes||15||Max 12||9:00-11:50
- The lesson time depends on the level.
- The elective classes are decided based on the result of the placement test on the first day.
- The lesson time also depends on the elective classes.
Level 1 - Tokyo Experience -
This level is for complete beginners. In this level, students learn basic Japanese communication skills that can be used for sightseeing in Tokyo. They can use what they've learned that day immediately in town. They practice conversations for the situations such as fastfood restaurants, restaurants, shopping, etc.
Japanese level: Complete beginner to JLPT N5 (listening level)
Level 2 - Enjoying Tokyo Life -
In this level, students learn Japanese communication skills that will make their life in Tokyo more comfortable. They learn conversations to make the quality of life in Japan higher The topics include inviting friends for concerts and asking for explanations of dish, etc.
Japanese level: JLPT N5 to N4 (listening level)
Level 3 - Talking with Various People -
In this level, students learn Japanese communication skills so that they can talk appropriatly depending on the situations and people to talk with. The situations include talking with Japanese friends and people they meet on a trip, etc.
Japanese level: JLPT N4 (listening level)
Level 4 - Thoughts and Feelings About Daily Life -
In this level, students learn to express their ideas, opinions or feelings about various topics of daily life. They also learn to broaden the conversation so that they can explain the situation and to make a proposal.
Japanese level: JLPT N4 to N3 (listening level). Able to read hiragana and katakana.
Level 5 - Mastering Discussion -
In this level, students learn to build smooth personal relationships using Japanese. They practice to understand the feelings and situations hidden in the context of the conversation for deeper communication. And they learn the expressions to make the other person understand including their feelings and situations.
Japanese level: JLPT N3 (listening level). Able to read hiragana and katakana.
Level 6 - Becoming a connoisseur of Japan -
In this level, students learn to talk about social topics of Japan and express their opinions. They also learn how to use various vocabulary and expressions using essays, stories, movies, etc. In addition, they practice to broaden and deepen the content of their talk through various exercises such as roleplaying, discussions, etc.
Japanese level: JLPT N3 to N2 (reading level). Kanji: 300 to 800 characters.
Level 7 - Responding to high culture topics -
Students strive to join the conversation about the areas including even scholarly elements such as science, literature, economy and psychology without hesitation. They will gain the Japanese competency by learning advanced grammar, expressions and vocabulary with high culture but familiar topics.
Japanese level: JLPT N2 or above (reading level). Kanji: 1000 characters or above.
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|Feb.||Feb. 20||Mar. 17||Feb. 10|
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|Apr.||Apr. 17||May 12||Apr. 7|
|May||May 15||Jun. 9||May 2|
|Jun.||Jun. 12||Jul. 7||Jun. 2|
|Aug. (3 weeks)||Summer Courses|
|Aug. (1 week)||Aug. 28||Sep. 1||Aug. 18|
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