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.
Your Japanese proficiency level will be evaluated by the teacher according to this framework:
A1 - Beginner:
Understands familiar Japanese expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs.
Can introduce him/herself and answer questions about personal details such as the place of residence and belongings.
Can hold a simple conversation in Japanese if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 - Elementary:
Understands frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance like personal and family information.
Can communicate in routine situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and immediate needs.
B1 - Intermediate:
Understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in everyday situations.
Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where Japanese is spoken.
Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
Can describe events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 - Independent:
Understands the main ideas of complex Japanese text on both concrete and abstract topics.
Interaction with native Japanese speakers can happen with fluency and spontaineity and without strain for either party.
Can produce clear text on a wide variety of subjects and expose a point of view given the various options.
C1 - Advanced:
Understands a wide range of demanding, longer Japanese texts, and recognizes implicit meaning.
Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
Can use Japanese flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
Can produce detailed, well-structured text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns and connectors.
C2 - Proficient:
Easily understands virtually everything heard or read in Japanese.
Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources and reconstruct arguments in a coherent presentation.
Expresses him/herself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.
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.