It is 100% tailor-made to the needs of the students such as: travelling on business or for pleasure, living short/long term in Japan, building rapport with Japanese friends, colleagues or relatives, or personal interests in the Japanese culture. It is progressive and cumulative.
Because the course is tailor-made, the materials are provided on an ongoing basis and the students do not need to buy a book. The content focuses on sentence structures and vocabulary that are relevant to the specific needs of the students and remain open to requests. Throughout the course, there are constant reviews and repeated exercises so that students gain actual command of what they have learned. The quantity is limited to the realistic capacity of the students and their environment.
This is a sample program of 10-week course for a group of 2 to 4 beginners.
Week 1 - Basic Syllables and their pronunciation: the 'building blocks' of Japanese words are introduced.
Week 2 - Greetings: various styles of greetings commonly spoken by native speakers in recent years; cultural background behind these styles explained to help understand when the different greetings occur.
Week 3 - Self Introduction: Using a simple sentence structure, students learn how to say essentials such as “I am John...” , “I am Canadian”, etc.
Week 4 - Favourite Things: relevant vocabulary (e.g. food items), a basic sentence structure (e.g. “I like …../I don't like....”. "Do you like…?").
Week 5 - Favourite Things 2: continuing with the same sentence structure, further themes are explored to expand vocabulary (e.g. movies, sports, arts, etc.)
Week 6 – Ordering Food in a Restaurant: students practise expressions such as “May I have...?” “Is this meat/fish/vegetable?” and “This tastes great!”.
Week 7 - Money and Counting: simple numbers and counting system are introduced and incorporated into practical use (e.g. "May I have one beer and two sashimi plates?")
Week 8 - Getting around: this module focuses on assisting travellers to Japan in a realistic way. A list of vocabulary including “train”, “subway”, “ticket”, “near/far”, etc. is introduced.
Week 9 - Preparation of Skit: students consolidate what they have learned and construct a group skit.
Week 10 - Skit Presentation
"She is pretty good. She has a lot of material to provide."MB, Longueuil
"Le professeur a bien compris le type de leçon que je cherchais et adapté sa leçon en conséquence. Le professeur s'exprime bien en français et donne des explications claires. J'ai beaucoup aimé ce premier cours. Je continue."LB, Montreal
"Very good Japanese teacher"EP, Vancouver
"Très gentille et très compréhensive! Une excellente pédagogue!"cl, Longueuil
Why learn Japanese? Japanese is not as difficult as you might think. While it's true that it uses three different alphabets (hiragana, katakana and kanji) and that it can be declined in many forms and degrees of politeness, Japanese is easy to pronounce and easy to pick up.
Japan has one of the biggest economies in the world and is one of the most important players in business, manufacturing, electronics, research and entertainment. If you work in a related field chances are you will compete or collaborate with the Japanese!
If not, learning Japanese will bring you closer to a unique and fascinating culture that has been shaped through history by other great Asian civilizations: India, China and Korea.