Short-term courses to study Japanese in 2022!

Studying Japanese is very useful for living in Japan. J SELECT features Japanese language schools in the greater Tokyo area that offer short-term courses suitable for foreign residents of Japan, such as businesspeople or spouses and children of expatriates. These include courses on business Japanese or preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Here are some of the best schools in Tokyo.

 

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◆TOYO LANGUAGE SCHOOL (Edogawa)
◆Tokyo Cocoro Japanese Language School (Itabashi)
◆KAI Japanese Language School (Shinjuku)
◆UJS Language Institute (Roppongi)
◆YU Language Academy (Okubo)
◆MEROS LANGUAGE SCHOOL (Ikebukuro)

TOYO LANGUAGE SCHOOL

Description

Toyo Language School is a school that teaches students using our original education system called “JCT education system.”  It consists of three steps; JJM (Jikei Japanese Monitoring), Counseling and Target-setting. By taking our JJM, students can check their Japanese ability, and by analyzing their results with homeroom teachers, they can set new targets every three months. We are not simply teaching Japanese, but as TLS has the goal to educate humanity, we consider the activities very important because play integrates learning. At TLS, students will see Japan from many different angles and learn Japanese in different places. This will help them to be stimulated, made aware and grow. Enjoy the wonderful life of overseas study that will be the key to Japanese improvement.

Features

To follow the JCT education system, we provide a counseling sheet as an analysis tool for all students each term. Counseling sheets enable students to know their strengths and weaknesses in detail. For students who know their own weak points and want to overcome them, elective classes in a relevant field are recommended. Classes are organized from beginner to intermediate levels to assist students in their weak areas, such as grammar, the use of particles or kanji, and students can see their progress. We believe that Japanese study is not only about remembering vocabulary and grammar. In order to learn Japanese well, the experience is about trying to tell or let someone understand in good ways. Students in intermediate levels are looking for themes to make posters and learn how to communicate in Japanese through team projects. At the end of the project, they will have an opportunity to present to Japanese guests.

Curriculum

In addition to basic proficiency in grammar and vocabulary, the TLS curriculum is intended to make use of prior learning by engaging regularly in tasks that combine at least two of the four skills: listening, speaking, writing and reading. Through the TLS teaching method, students improve their practical Japanese language abilities, progressing from the more basic, “I understand,” to the more advanced, “I can use it.” We have four levels for basic Japanese classes: Let’s start, Take a step forward, Make human relationships and Send information. Each class takes at least three months to complete and they help students to see their goals clearly. Once students can comprehend basic Japanese, they move to advanced levels and try to get high scores on the EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students) and pass high JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) levels to enter higher education institutions.

Courses

Short-term study with an eye to future studying in Japan, brushing up before the JLPT or EJU, or improvement of communication skills and Japanese culture experiences, there are so many things to learn even in a period of three months. We perform counseling to each student, even short-term international students, and we really hope you make use of this valuable opportunity of studying in Japan. It should be noted that a student visa is not needed for stays of less than three months. You are allowed to stay in Japan as a temporary visitor (depending on whether the country or region has visa exemption measures). Also, we are providing on-line classes in order to adapt to today’s lifestyle. If you would like to have some information to consider studying in Japan in the future or to experience Japanese language classes even if you are not in Japan, please contact us. We also offer support for various purposes and goals that are closely tied to school classes.

 

TOYO LANGUAGE SCHOOL

Address: 7-6-3 Nishi-Kasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5605-6211
Contact: info@tls-japan.com

 


Tokyo Cocoro Japanese Language School

Description

We are a conversation-focussed school with lessons conducted in a way to especially develop speaking ability. Our motto is “Let’s learn Japanese that you can actually use” and here at Tokyo Cocoro, we live by this motto. Additionally, we  boast two extracurricular activities per term, totalling eight immersive Japanese experiences per year! Our teachers are of an extremely high quality; for example, one of our teachers used to teach Japanese at a university in the U.K. On top of this, all of our teachers care very strongly about our students and do their very best to make sure the students are constantly growing. This carries over as far as aiding students in finding jobs, and helping them on their paths to higher education. Our school also offers support for students, such as helping a student who has just arrived in Japan to settle into Japanese student life, finding accommodations and part time jobs, providing assistance at the ward office and more!

Features

With an emphasis on improving communication skills, our school’s motto is “Let’s learn Japanese that you can actually use”! Every day without fail, we revise what was learned in class the previous day. Our main focus is not just progress to higher education, but also working together with our students to coach and guide them to achieve what they want to get out of studying Japanese, whether that is higher education, employment or other areas. Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) practice and employment related studies (such as job interview coaching) are included in our curriculum, however we also work on perfecting the three normal classroom skills (reading, writing and listening), as well and developing fun and interesting classes outside of the academic setting of desk learning. 

Online lessons taught by our school’s exclusive veteran lecturer currently living in Europe! As our classes will be held at a convenient European time, it is easier for those who have trouble scheduling around Japanese time. Recommended to those who wish to study Japanese in their home country and for those who have an interest in Japan but are still unsure as to whether studying abroad is right for them. Based on an original schedule and curriculum, it is possible for even the busy worker who wishes to take classes once a week.

Curriculum

Our one-year course will bring your Japanese ability to roughly JLPT N3/4 level. The two-year course curriculum aims for JLPT N2/1. Our curriculum also includes Japanese for business, job hunting, interviews with Japanese people from outside of our school, doing presentations based on topics decided and researched by the students and more!

Courses

Short-term course students will be put into the same class together with long-term students. Students will be put into a class level suited to their current Japanese ability. We also accept enrollment for long vacations such as summer and winter breaks. You are able to learn a good and useful amount of Japanese in a short-term course. 

Private lesson: Study with your own original lesson plan, at your preferred times, with your preferred number of classes per week, etc. You can choose what content you learn, whether that is JLPT content, conversation practice, business Japanese, whatever you like! You can also choose the textbook you wish to use. It is also possible to study online using programs such as Skype or Zoom, instead of studying face-to-face!

 

 

 

 

 


Tokyo Cocoro Japanese Language School
Address: 3-25-2 Tokiwadai, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-6454-5567
Contact: info@tokyococoro.jp

 


KAI Japanese Language School

Description

Founded in 1987, KAI Japanese Language School is a highly reputable, immersive Japanese language school located in Tokyo, Japan. Since our foundation, we’ve attracted students from over 120 countries who find a fun and challenging learning experience at KAI. We continuously strive to improve course materials, adopt and develop new learning methods and present our findings within the Japanese language learning community. We also value and protect diversity, discourage discrimination and support our students regarding health, continuing education and career guidance. Whether short-term or long-term, for fun or finding work in Japan, the staff and teachers at KAI welcome you and support your Japanese language learning needs!

Features

Located in Tokyo, and within walking distance of Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world, surrounded by great shopping, restaurants and entertainment. We are proud of our well-balanced international student body, always having students from over 40 nationalities at any moment, with more than half from Western countries. KAI  is accredited by IALC and Nisshinkyo (The Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education), as well as certified to meet the requirements of ISO 29991:2014. In 2015, KAI introduced the KAI DLS (Digital Learning System) using iPads and original digital teaching materials to provide classes with a focus on active learning. Thanks to our five years of experience in implementing a variety of digital education methods, we have been able to provide the same high quality education in our online classes that we started due to the coronavirus, and this is what sets us apart from other schools by far.

Curriculum

We offer both comprehensive Japanese language courses for long-term students and conversation-based Japanese language courses for short-term students year-round. KAI summer Japanese language courses include Grammar & Conversation, JLPT Preparation, and our Teen Program to give younger students (aged 13-17) an immersive Japanese language learning experience in Tokyo. Private Japanese language lessons are also available for both individuals and corporate clients. For those who are unable to come to Japan, KAI Japanese Language School offers an “Online Study Abroad” option, which allows you to take the general course online (by Zoom) from abroad. In addition to learning Japanese intensively from your home, you will also study in the same class as other students living in Japan, so you can simulate studying in Japan. Also, when you come to Japan, you can seamlessly continue your studies from the previous level of the online study abroad program.

Courses

The Practical Conversation Course is a conversation-based course which focuses on improving learner’s Japanese conversation skills in a fun, flexible and efficient manner and is also available for short-term students. Students have the option to choose materials in either hiragana (Japanese) or roman alphabet, so they can quickly begin using Japanese in conversation. Summer courses are held in August every year, offering Japanese language lessons mixed with traditional and modern activities around the Tokyo metropolitan area. Enjoy your summer in Tokyo at KAI! Teens (aged 13-17) interested in studying Japanese in Japan will enjoy the safe and fun KAI Summer Teen Program, which includes Japanese language lessons, accommodations, activities, breakfasts and dinners, as well as transportation to and from the airport and around Tokyo during the stay.

 

 

 

 


KAI Japanese Language School
Adress: Miyuki Bldg., 1-15-18, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-3205-1356
Contact: admission@kaij.co.jp


UJS Language School


Description

Since its establishment in 1986 in Roppongi in Tokyo’s Minato Ward, students of all nationalities study in the same classroom surrounded by internationally famous icons, such as Tokyo Tower, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown. UJS considers speaking, reading, listening and writing the cornerstones of communication ability. To improve their students’ communication skills efficiently, UJS follows a well-balanced curriculum and teaching strategy at all times. Due to the development of global economics, student goals have become highly diversified.To maintain the high satisfaction of all students, UJS provides not only qualified Japanese education, but also individualized career support. UJS opens the door to all learners from all counties.

Features

UJS is a long-established language school in Tokyo. As a pioneer of Japanese language schools, UJS always has continuously tried new things, such as training Japanese language teachers and offering private lessons, as well as Japanese lessons for corporations. UJS possesses considerable knowledge and experience relating to Japanese language education. Although one of the largest schools in the Roppongi area, UJS takes special care in looking after its students. All UJS staff are enthusiastic and friendly, and always thinking about their students’ future goals. Additionally, UJS conducts school events, including field trips and speech contests. Through these events, students are able to learn Japanese culture and customs and build lasting relationships.

Curriculum

UJS bases its curriculum on its teaching philosophy. Developing global human resources for the real world is the school’s mission. Therefore, the curriculum is designed for proceeding to higher education and the real business world. Over the last 30 years, UJS has maintained the belief that the most important part of learning a new language is improving communication. To improve Japanese proficiency quickly and efficiently, UJS provides a well-balanced curriculum to improve the four pillars of communication: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Teaching not only Japanese knowledge, but also encouraging students to put their language skills to use in Japanese society. There are four entrance periods each year for long-term courses. Other courses are available year-round. You can study any course that matches your level.

Courses

The short-term course is the best to acquire Japanese for daily life and work. The population of foreigners in Minato Ward is considerably higher, compared to other areas of Tokyo. UJS has taught Japanese to foreigners who live around the Roppongi and Azabu areas since 1986. Most short-term students tend to take the course for a year to pass JLPT tests. Most of them are able to pass JLPT N2 or N3 in a year. That is why many students are very satisfied. Students of the short-term course study with other international students intent on going to university. These courses have a much more diverse student body. Students may find their common language is Japanese in facilitating language development. Classes are divided by level into small groups of five to 15. Students can join classes that are both challenging and educational. Our short-term courses start from one month making it risk-free and easy.

 

 

 

 

 

UJS Language Institute
Adress: 3-3-29 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 0355456941
Contact: ujsli1986@ujsli.jp
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YU Language Academy

Description

Our school has been certified by the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau. Students in this school come from over 18 different countries including Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Malaysia, Philippine, China, America, France, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Iraq. They study Japanese, and enjoy themselves by experiencing Japanese culture at the same time. Our Tokyo campus is the only school in Tokyo with a tea ceremony room and traditional Japanese garden. We also arrange international exchange events and excursions to help students strengthen their Japanese skills through conversation and cultural experience. ‘Learning’ is not only limited to in-class lessons but also happens through life experience. We do all we can to support those who work hard to achieve their goals! In addition to Tokyo campuses, we also have a campus in Sapporo. “Study Hard! Learn Fun! This is what YU do!”

Features

We have various courses set up, well-equipped dorms within walking distance from the school. Moreover, we have a school scholarship system to aid outstanding students with financial difficulties. We also have a café “Yumeiro” nearby Tokyo campuses where YU students exclusively dine for only 360 yen.  If our students have any difficulties, problems or questions regarding their study process and school or daily life, they are always welcome to ask our school staff, who will come to their aid as soon as possible. We assist students with their public health insurance application. It allows our students to have obligatorily medical examinations and be able to deal with any illnesses or accidents with ease. Our school arranges college and University visits, where our students can choose among a variety of fields of study and tertiary education. Students can freely use School computers with internet access.

Curriculum

There are preparatory courses (long-term, student visa) and Short-term courses. Beside Japanese language lessons there are lessons for EJU, JLPT and job-searching measures. Our school also organizes extra lessons, to help students who are falling behind and need the teacher’s help to catch up with the others and move forward with less difficulties.

Courses

Short-term courses are three months, with enrollment in: April, July, October and January; one-month or two-month courses, with enrollment in April, July, October, January or TBD.  Additionally, we have seasonal courses for summer and winter.

Student support program: https://yula.jp/en/tuition/support/

We have a sister school in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

 

 

 

 

 


Yu Language Academy

Address: 2-16-25 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3209-0160
Contact: info@yula.jp

 


MEROS LANGUAGE SCHOOL

Description

Meros Language School (est. 1984) is in the heart of Ikebukuro, Tokyo, the next generation anime town replacing Akihabara. In order to ensure that each student can achieve their desired career path, we make sure that every step of the way is followed.

➡Join the most suitable class from among 58 subdivided classes by level
➡ End-of-term test every three months and counseling by homeroom teachers
➡ Analyze strengths and weaknesses, update and share goals and tasks with students
➡ Steady improvement of Japanese language skills

Throughout their time at Meros, students will have opportunities to work closely with teachers and participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities outside of the classroom, creating a strong bond of trust between students and teachers that will last a lifetime. Even after graduating from Meros, there are regular reunions (online and in person), so graduates can feel connected wherever they are in the world.

Features

We have developed a unique system of interview practice and exam preparation for each student, based on our continuous analysis of the career paths of over 10,000 graduates. Our teachers are all Japanese, which means that we can provide the best guidance in Japan. As a result, we have a 100% success rate of students achieving their desired career path (higher education and employment). In addition, we can receive special treatment from many famous top schools and big companies only available to Meros students.

◆Recommendations from our partner schools (exemption from school fees and entrance fees)
◆Special college guidance by famous top schools
◆Special lectures by famous top schools
◆Japanese-style business lectures from famous companies.

Curriculum

In the most suitable classes for each level, the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are improved efficiently and effectively in a balanced manner. In the beginner’s classes, students will acquire the basics of the Japanese language. In the intermediate classes, students can take elective courses such as “JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) Preparation,” “EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admisstion) Preparation,” “Business Japanese,” “Manga Japanese/Art Terms” and others, which are necessary for each student’s career path.

As for special classes, we also always offer the following two classes:

◆Graduate School Preparation Class: For students who wish to enter graduate school. Thorough instruction in presentations and discussions in Japanese, research plan writing and interviews with graduate school professors.
◆Art drawing classes: for students wishing to go to art university. Beginner and intermediate classes. Japanese teachers from famous art schools teach Japanese style drawing, critique works and prepare students for entrance exams.

Courses

This is for students who already stay in Japan with a Japanese visa (or Japanese nationality) and do not need to apply for a student visa. Study plans can be arranged for students of all levels and purposes of learning Japanese.

Duration: 3 months (renewable).

Enrolment period: 4 times a year (April, July, October and January). (on request)

(Students’ voices)

  • Dependent visa (Russia): I have been in Japan for about a year. I want to learn basic Japanese for daily life. I consulted with various Japanese language schools from Kanagawa to the Shinjuku area, but I chose Meros because they could meet my various requests!
  • Dependent Visa (Nepal): I am aiming to apply for university in Japan. When I went to Meros for the first time, they were very kind to me, and I felt comfortable talking with them. That’s the reason why I chose Meros.
  • Spouse visa (Chinese) : I am currently working in the business of selling Japanese succession goods on the internet, and I have a lot of work with Japanese people. I study advanced level at Meros as I need to improve my Japanese skills, such as using proper honorific expressions and being able to do business in Japan.
  • Japanese nationality (mother tongue is Thai): I was a nurse in Thailand. In order to pass the Japanese nursing qualification exam, I am studying Japanese with the aim of passing the JLPT N1 first. Specifically, I am not good at Kanji, but I can study it well in class, that’s why I chose Meros, which provides an effective and balanced curriculum in limited time.

 

 

 

 

 

MEROS LANGUAGE SCHOOL
Adress: 2-45-7 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3980-0068
Contact: info@meros.jp

 

Index
◆TOYO LANGUAGE SCHOOL (Edogawa)◆Tokyo Cocoro Japanese Language School (Itabashi)◆KAI Japanese Language School (Shinjuku),  ◆UJS Language Institute (Roppongi)◆YU Language Academy (Okubo) , ◆MEROS LANGUAGE SCHOOL (Ikebukuro),