COURSE
SUMMARY

"In this course of study, students will receive training in listening, speaking, reading, writing and other necessary practical skills through elective courses.




This course cultivates high-level Japanese skills for daily life and business. It is also for students who live in Japan, wish to take a short-term language study course for both business and private purposes or to enter a Japanese vacational school (technical college).

If you wish to apply for a student visa in order to enroll in this program, please contact the school. You can apply and get it at the school. If you are a holder of one of the following visas, or have another type, you are eligible to enroll in this program: spouse, dependent, long-term resident, work or religious activities.


*If you have a short-term stay visa, you can enroll for the 3-month (11-week) program.
*Other visas (except student visa) should be applied for independently by each individual.



Basic Classes : Learn basic Japanese from main textbooks and foster basic skills for practice use

This class is the first step for learning the four basic technical skills of Japanese (listening, speaking, reading and writing.) This class provides a good foundation for comprehensive Japanese language study. Everyday, students will take four classes. For beginner and intermediate level students, three of those classes are basic classes and for advanced level students, two of them are basic classes.



Listening-Speaking and Reading-Writing Classes (Beginner and Intermediate)

In these classes, the four technical skills are divided into two related groupings, listening-speaking and reading-writing, so that students can enhance specific skills. This clarifies the skills students are focusing on and makes studying more efficient. These classes are beneficial for students whose language ability is lop-sided (For example, high ability in listening and speaking, however low ability in reading and writing.)





Classes which suit your purpose and needs. More than 50% of your classes are electives! (Advanced or Upper Advanced)


One main feature of the Practical Japanese Course is the abundance of electives offered. The focus in these classes is the content. Students “study in Japanese” rather than “study Japanese.”
We have a Business Course, Academic Course and Culture Course. Here is a list of some of the electives offered: Business Manners, Product Planning and Development, Writing, Debating, Traditional Japanese Culture, Information on Japanese Life, Manga and Anime, Novels, Current Topics, Kansai Dialect and Preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Students will learn and understand many things about Japan and everyday Japanese.

IJ Class
(Introductory Japanese Class)

For those who are not familiar with Kanji characters

Let's get started with the Roman alphabet!

The Roman alphabet is used in the IJ class lectures to smooth the difficulties for who learn Japanese for the first time.
Let's gradually acquire Hiragana and Katakana characters during this three month class!

At completion of three month IJ class(Introduction to Japanese), you will be able to :
* Read and write a simple sentence in Hiragana characters.
* Tell about a simple matter over the telephone.
* Ask a passerby at station for an appropriate station to get off or direction so that you can reach your destination.
* Invite your friend to a movie and talk about the movie.
* Tell your friends about your family.



when you complete the IJ class, you can continue to participate in a beginner's class of practical Japanese courses at Osaka YMCA Japanese Language School.
It will be easier to continue learning because you'll have mastered basics by the completion of the IJ class.
The practical Japanese courses comprises of eight different levels of class, from J1 (first half of beginner's class ) to J8 (most advanced).
Keep learning to reach the level you need.
Let's open the door to Japanese, and enjoy it.

Beginner
and Intermediate Courses

Students will learn basic Japanese from standard language texts.

Level: Beginner to Intermediate (Level 1 to 5)

LEVEL

OBJECTIVE

MASTERED ITEMS

Beginner 1

=Level 1

To explain basic information about oneself

・Give basic information about oneself
・Simply explain feelings
・Explain conditions of daily life and work environment
・Simply describe daily events, people, objects and situations

Beginner 2

=Level 2

To explain situations, describe people and objects, and formulate opinions

・In some detail, explain situations and describe people and objects including context, relationships, conditions and reasoning for a judgement.
・Make a request, a suggestion, give advice or a warning appropriately
・Judge by location and partner which style of language is appropriate

Lower-Intermediate

=Level 3

To interact appropriately in every day situations

・Obtain information useful for choosing a desired house, part-time job, or merchandise
・Understand the rules and customs of life in Japan and use the language accordingly

Intermediate 1

=Level 4

To interact freely and present one’s own thoughts regarding everyday matters

・Catch the main points and follow the flow of conversations regarding familiar topics
・Collect / select necessary information when researching
・Put thoughts together and present them
・Identify similar and contrasting points and explain them

Intermediate 2

=Level 5

To explain one’s viewpoint and reasoning regarding topics of social or cultural nature and other topics of some technicality

・Understand the expansion of topics and the configuration of conversation
・Explain things from one’s own standpoint
・Identify similar and contrasting points, consider them and come to a conclusion

The best seller textbook developed by teachers of the Osaka YMCA

textbook for beginnerstextbook for higher levelWe use Hirake Nihongo (Part 1 and Part 2, Bonjinsha) for the Beginner Course. This text is more practical than conventional ones.
For our Lower-Intermediate Course witch is often categorized as ‘Beginner,’ we use the most effective text for its level, Itsuka Dokokade (written by Hagiwara Kazuhiko, 3A-Network).

We use 'Te-ma Betsu Chukyu kara Manabu Nihongo' for the Intermediate Course. This textbook series was developed by the teachers of the Osaka YMCA Japanese Language School. This is one of the best selling and most reliable textbooks and has been adopted by many other Japanese language schools.

Skill-based Classes raises 4 Japanese skills efficiently

The contents of the " Listening & Speaking" class

Level

Achievement goals

Skills trained

Listening/
Speaking

To communicate with others in daily-life situations using common phrases

・Distinguishing sounds in spoken Japanese and speaking with correct pronunciation.
・Distinguishing intonation and recognizing the difference between description and questions.
・Using the proper phrase for a particular situation,

Listening/
Speaking
2

To exchange necessary information depending on the situation

・Asking or responding to common situations.
・Figuring out appropriate questions to ask in response to a speaker.
・Describing or explaining daily situations.
・Understanding different uses of words and phrases and understanding when it is appropriate to use each.

Listening/
Speaking
3

To respond appropriately in dairy-life situations or when communicating with people close to you regarding familiar topics.

・Expressing your hopes or intentions properly depending on the situation.
・Speaking about purpose, obligation and possibility in connection with your own behavior.
・Explaining your evaluation, approval or disapproval of familiar topics.

Listening/
Speaking
4

To respond in detail to incidents around you or familiar topics.

・Picking up the key points of conversations.
・Summarizing and reporting necessary information.
・Distinguishing and reporting facts and opinions

Listening/
Speaking
5

To respond to the provision of detailed information, such as when general topics are explained.

・Communicating with appropriate expressions for various situations.
・Understanding the structure of a conversation and developing topics logically.
・Discussing daily themes.

The contents of the " Reading & Writing" class

Levels

Achievement goals

Assignment/Contents/Textbooks etc

Reading/
Writing
1

To become accustomed to the Japanese writing system.
To understand what is written on familiar things.
To construct correct sentences using the phrases learned in the first half of the course.

・Writing down what is written on business cards.
・Writing down the address of your home and school.
・Writing down information found on notice boards in the area.
・Writing down information on menus and brochures. ・Writing down the titles of posters and signs.

Reading/
Writing
2

To become accustomed to reading sentences.
To begin constructing correct sentences.
To build vocabulary.


・Learning the kanji in Hirake Nihongo (second volume)
・Shokyu de yomeru topic 25 (3A Network)
・Yasashii sakubun (3A Network)

Reading/
Writing
3

To read detailed sentences.
To improve your ability to read necessary information in daily life.
To construct correct sentences.

Suguni tsukaeru 「Rearia・Nama kyouzai 」Collection (3A Network)
Shokyuu de yomeru topic 25 (3A Network)

Reading/
Writing
4

To acquire the skills learn to report incidents or situations accurately and with correct expressions and to explain your opinion logically.

Shouron bun eno 12 no step (3A Network)

Reading/
Writing
5

To learn to report incidents or situation accurately and with correct expressions and to explain the opinion logically.
To become accustomed to written Japanese.

Shouron bun eno 12 no step (3A Network)
Strategy wo tsukatte manabu bunshou no yomikata (Hitoshubashi University Center for Student Exchange)



Timetable

Beginner〜Intermediate(Level 1 to 5)

  • Monday ~ Friday, 4 classes, 50- minutes per class
  • Morning Class: 9:00 am ~ 12:50 pm.
  • Afternoon Class: 13:30 am ~ 17:20 pm.
  • Instructors change depending on time and course. Maximum 15 students per class.

Time

9:00- 9:50
13:30-14:20

10:00-10:50
14:30-15:20

11:00-11:50
15:30-16:20

12:00-12:50
16:30-17:20

Mon

Basic class

Basic class

Basic class

Listening & Speaking

Tue

Basic class

Basic class

Basic class

Reading & Writing

Wed

Basic class

Basic class

Basic class

Listening & Speaking

Thu

Basic class

Basic class

Basic class

Reading & Writing

Fri

Basic class

Basic class

Basic class

Listening & Speaking



Advanced
and Upper Advanced Courses

Innovative Curriculum "Lean Japan in Japanese"

Level: Advanced to Upper Advanced (Level 6 to 8)

LEVEL

OBJECTIVE

MASTERED ITEMS

Advanced 1

=Level 6

To have general knowledge of Japanese society and culture, and exchange opinions on these topics compared to one’s own country

・Become interested in Japanese society and culture, and gain a general understanding
・Express opinions on the difference of society and culture between Japan and one’s own country

Advanced 2

=Level 7

To explain one’s viewpoint on current topics and the relationship between Japan and their country, and discuss it

・Make good use of tools to get the latest information
・Exchange opinions clearly and meaningfully

Upper Advanced

=Level 8

To exchange opinions on various, extensive topics To explain and exchange opinions of one’s specialized field adequately

・Understand general literary works and broadcasts
・Adapt language to suit the location

The best seller textbook developed by teachers of the Osaka YMCA

textbook for higher level


We use Te-ma Betsu Chukyu kara Manabu Nihongo and Te-ma Betsu Jyokyu de Manabu Nihongo (Matsuda Hiroshi, Nagata Ryosuke, Kameda Miho, et al., Kenkyusha) for the Intermediate and Upper Advanced Course. This textbook series was developed by the teachers of the Osaka YMCA Japanese Language School. This is one of the best selling and most reliable textbooks and has been adopted by many other Japanese language schools.



More than 50% of your classes are electives.

It is assumed that you can understand Japanese. These electives’ purpose is to study in Japanese.

Study useful knowledge for Japanese society in Japanese in the Advanced and Upper Advanced Courses.
We have three themed courses, Business, Culture and Academic.

In the Business Course, students study basic business manners unique to Japan, gain knowledge of business information and Japanese circumstances, develop products and make presentations, cultivate knowledge for business and improve basic skills.

The Culture Course includes Japanese traditional culture, dramas, movies, and pop culture, such as manga and anime. Students think about culture in Japan by creating original dramas, reading and comprehending novels written by famous Japanese authors and discussing them.

The Academic Course cultivates Japanese language skills useful not only to improve your social life in Japan, but also to learn and study in Japanese universities, graduate schools and technical colleges. This course’s objective is to develop high-level Japanese language skills to get a high score on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, think logically, write research reports or essays, and debate.


Examples of Elective Subjects (content varies by semester)


Business Course Elective Subjects

  • Business Manners, Business Writing, Product Planning and Development, Debate, IT Skills, etc.

Culture Course Elective Subjects

  • Living Information Variety Show、Traditional Japanese culture、Current affairs、Manga and Anime、Kansai Dialect, etc.

Academic Course Elective Subjects

  • Preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N1), Research and Report, Listen to Lectures, Voices From Japan...etc.


LinkIconExamples of electives (July to September 2011)



Timetable (Advanced and Upper Advanced Courses)

  • Monday ~ Friday, 4 classes, 50- minutes per class
  • Morning Class: 9:00 am ~ 12:50 pm.
  • Afternoon Class: 13:30 am ~ 17:20 pm.
  • Instructors change depending on time and course. Maximum 15 students per class.


Time

9:00- 9:50
13:30-14:20

10:00-10:50
14:30-15:20

11:00-11:50
15:30-16:20

12:00-12:50
16:30-17:20

Mon

Basic class

Basic class

Elective class

Elective class

Tue

Basic class

Basic class

Elective class

Elective class

Wed

Basic class

Basic class

Elective class

Elective class

Thu

Basic class

Basic class

Elective class

Elective class

Fri

Basic class

Basic class

Elective class

Elective class