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Overview

Productive study to go to university or graduate school, 920 class-hours yearly

ClassThis course is for students who want to go on to higher education at a university or a graduate school in Japan.
In order to enter a Japanese university, it is necessary to achieve a high score on the EJU (The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students / Nihon-Ryugaku Shiken). For that purpose, students must have a high level in Japanese language ability, liberal arts and science as specified by universities.
Students must be able to not only improve the four basic technical skills of Japanese (listening, speaking, reading and writing) which are useful for daily life, but also listen and understand lectures at university in Japanese and be able to study the same as Japanese students. They need to discuss and present what they learn and study in public places, such as the classroom. Also, they have to read technical terms and logical sentences, and be able to write their ideas coherently and accurately for reports or essays, including a thesis. In this course, you can learn Academic Japanese which is necessary for examinations and life at universities and graduate schools.
Students will also learn about Japanese culture and society, world geography and history for preparing for the comprehensive examination subjects, and English for the TOEFL test. Furthermore, we have a Cramming Class to prepare for examinations, while organizing a timeline for admission to higher education. An elective supplementary Mathematics Class is also available.
This course is a University Preparatory Course approved by Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In countries where formal school education is less than 12 years, students will be eligible to apply for universities in Japan after completing any of our three different length programs.
If you have to get a student visa to take this course for a long time, you can apply for and get the visa at our school. Students who have other long-term visas can also take this course.

*In order to be recognized by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education, the minimum number of study hours is set at 760.
**Extra tuition fee is needed.


Japanese Subjects (19 class-hours / week)

classThis is the most important component of the Comprehensive Japanese Language Course.
Japanese proficiency depends on the balance of the four technical skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course is offered to beginners who start with the reading and writing of hiragana and katakana. As students study in their classes everyday and do assignments, after 1 ½ years to 2 years, students find that they can understand technical words without looking them up in the dictionary, they can understand the news, and even debate current topics. Most students reach the advanced level of Japanese and are able to score well on the following tests which are looked at during the time of university application: the EJU and the internationally-recognized Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Class for the EJU (The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students / Nihon-Ryugaku Shiken) (2 class-hours / week)

We offer thorough classes for Japanese subjects. Students study Japanese knowledge, which is required for taking the examination, through solving past exam questions and other similar questions. Moreover, students repeatedly take trial examinations to check their present ability, and form future study plans.

Social Studies Classes (2 class-hours / week)

classIn the Comprehensive Japanese Language Course, students deepen their understanding of Japanese society, structure and the world. We offer social studies classes to prepare for the comprehensive subjects of the EJU. Students will participate in these classes, learn about matters that concern them, and discuss from large social issues to daily news in Japanese. They will learn about these situations and related vocabulary in Japanese and learn to vocalize their thoughts in Japanese. Preparation and presentation in groups or debating in class will be very helpful for anyone pursuing further education, those who are living in Japan or those with business needs.


TOEFL (1 class-hour / week)

classIn this course, students study for the TOEFL test, which is necessary to enter universities and graduate schools. We offer programs to match the level of any student, from beginner to advanced.
This is a required class for student visa holders. It is an elective class for students with other visas, but we recommend taking this class to the students who want to take an entrance examination for university or graduate school.

Cramming Class (1 class-hour / week)

In sports, you can not easily win even if you have surprising potential. In order to win, you need strategy and tactics. This is also said about the examinations for Japanese universities and graduate schools. You can not enter schools by studying only Japanese and the examination subjects.
It is necessary to understand how the Japanese education system is different from your country’s, what you can learn and study at universities and graduate schools, what kind of subjects you have to choose according to your future goals, what schools and subjects actually are like, and more.
Furthermore, you have to know and practice examination procedures and how to make a study schedule, and pay attention to your daily life before the examination.
This course offers you these strategies and tactics for examinations while you also study.

Curriculum and Timetable

Curriculum & Timetable

This sample is based on a 1-year course. The actual class schedule will change depending on the semester.

Category

Subject

Description

Hours/Year

Hours/Week

Remarks

Comprehensive Japanese Subject

Comprehensive Japanese (Introductory class)

Balanced training of the four technical skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing. Beginner, intermediate, advanced and upper advanced classes are held for six-month terms.

698

19

Required

Comprehensive Japanese Subject

Class for the EJU

Study Japanese subjects through solving questions and taking trial examinations.

74

2

Required

Basic Examination Subject

Modern Japanese Society

Study Japanese social structure including politics, economics and culture.

37

1

Required

Basic Examination Subject

Geography and History

Study geography and history of Japan and the world in Japanese.

37

1

Required

Basic Examination Subject

University Preparatory Course

Study how the Japanese education system is different from that of other countries and how to prepare for examinations.

37

1

Required

Basic Examination Subject

TOEFL

Study for the TOEFL test at the appropriate level.

37

1

Required class for student visa holders. Elective class for students with other visas.

Total

920

25

TIME TABLE (sample)

Monday ~ Friday, 9:30 am ~ 3:30 pm. 5 classes, 50- minutes per class
Instructors change depending on time and course. Maximum 18 students per class.

Time

1

2

3

Lunch Break

4

5

9:30-10:20

10:30-11:20

11:30-12:20

12:20-13:20

13:20-14:10

14:10-15:10

MON

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

 

Japanese

Modern Japanese Society

TUE

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

 

EJU

University Preparatory Course

WED

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

 

Japanese

English

THU

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

 

Japanese

EJU

FRI

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

 

Japanese

Geography and History




Programs

Japanese language level and language study contents

Students progress in language study as they review the previous days’ lessons and take tests. Improvement is a given, as students understand daily class-work, do homework, review and prepare for class. Classes are divided by level at the time of admission. Students are re-assessed at the end of each semester.

レベル

STUDY GOALS

その他

Beginner

This level is targeted for students who are relatively unfamiliar with the Japanese language (have completed roughly 150 hours of Japanese study). In this class students will learn to communicate freely in everyday Japanese. Students will learn approximately 400 kanji characters, be able to read and compose simple sentences.

Text

Nihongo Shoho by Japan Foundation published by Bonjinsha

Term

6 months

Target Level

Level 3 Certification for Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Intermediate

Students will learn to read and write compositions of moderate length and, given a particular topic, students will be able to compile and present their thoughts. For example, students will be able to talk in detail about their lives, countries of origin, and culture. They are able to communicate freely with little difficulty and can use some Japanese at the workplace.

Text

Topic-based / Studying Japanese as an intermediate learner by Hiroshi Matsuda, Ryosuke Nagata published by Kenkyusha

Term length

6 months

Target Level

Level 2 Certification for Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Advanced

Students will be able to read a newspaper while using their dictionaries. As vocabulary increases, students will be able to understand television and radio. Additionally, will be able to write and present their own thoughts about what they have heard.

Text

Studying Japanese as an intermediate learner by Hiroshi Matsuda, Ryosuke Nagata published by Kenkyusha

Term length

6 months

Target Level

Level 1 Certification for Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Superior

Students of this level will be able to understand university and college level classes, lectures, assignments, write and present research reports. At this level of language ability, a student will have no trouble with life in Japan.

Materials

Original audiovisual materials

Term length

6 months

Japanese Language Instructional Materials

The Topic-based teaching series which is used in the intermediate and advanced level classes was developed by YMCA Japanese language instructors. These texts have proven to be effective language learning tools and therefore, many Japanese language schools make use of these best-seller textbooks. Some of the authors of these texts are currently at Osaka YMCA providing lessons of exceptional quality. The instructors / authors are leaders in their field and are called upon to conduct seminars on Japanese language instruction at other schools. These texts have been translated into Korean and published by Current Events Japanese Corporation as the “JUMP” series.

“College Entrance Preparation Course”

This is a “College Entrance Preparation Course” approved by the Ministry of Education and Science.
In order to apply for higher educational institutions (universities and vocational schools), applicants must have more than 12 years of school education in their home country. In the case of countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and certain regions of China where school education is less than 12 years, students will be eligible to apply for universities in Japan after completing any of the three different lengths of programs of “College Entrance
Preparation Course” approved by the Ministry of Education and Science.