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In our center, emphasis is on practical work, inside and outside of the classroom. Class content and teaching style is focused mainly on the needs of Western students, unlike most other language schools.

All of our teachers are graduates of a rigorous 420-hour Japanese teacher training course at recognized schools. The length and content of this course was originally specified by the Japanese Ministry of Education, but has now become the standard qualification for professional Japanese language school teachers. It is equivalent to a university minor, and the result is a very high standard of teaching

Japanese ability:
All levels are accepted, from complete beginner to highly advanced. However, students must memorize the hiragana alphabet before they start study with us. This usually only takes a couple of days. This is the equivalent of being able to recognize the English alphabet. The Japanese alphabet is entirely phonetic, so recognizing the alphabet means you can read all written text. Students are not required to be able to write the letters, only read them, and no knowledge of any actual vocabulary is required. We can provide study materials for hiragana. Complete beginners can only start on the first Monday of each month.

NRCSA program will held an Orientation session locally. The orientation designed to provide students with important information about immigration, law of the countries, and the services offered by the school. The orientation program also helps you to acquaint to the educational and cultural atmosphere and provide an opportunity to meet other students.

First Day:
With regards to the program, all levels of the language are accepted, from complete beginner to advanced, and your exact level is determined by a placement test to make sure we put you in the right class. One of the unique things about the NRSCA program is the ability to combine the language classes with an extensive choice of culture classes. In addition to the language classes, we also include our culture and social events program in the afternoons for students to interact with other student and learn about the culture.

All teachers are fluent in English as well as Japanese. We use this to simplify study, by explaining in English where absolutely necessary, or relating Japanese grammar to English grammar. This is especially useful at the lower ability levels. We make our lessons interesting by incorporating real and innovative teaching techniques. For example, when practicing the question forms, students might write their own questionnaires, then leave the school with the teacher to ask their questions to real people in town.

This kind of practical class greatly aids vocabulary retention and real-life fluency. We also have arrangements with many local area shops and other locations to take students for planned language activities. For example, when students learn shopping vocabulary, we will practice in a real shop, with a real cashier.

We also use current materials such as news and movies to give students an education in both the language and culture of Japan.

Typical schedule:

9:30am – 11:30am: Conversational Japanese class
12:30pm – 2:30pm: Japanese grammar class
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Specific subject class
Students can add extra classes in addition to the standard 4 hours per day, in any of the 4 main
subjects. We recommend no more than 6 classes total per day (i.e., two additional hours per day).

Standard Course

All standard intensive courses have 4 hours of classes per weekday, in two 2-hour blocks, plus any additional classes. All courses have two hours of Japanese grammar, two hours of conversational Japanese, then one or two hours of the specific course study (for example, pop culture or traditional culture).

Our Standard Course uses interesting and modern materials and activities to focus on improving your Japanese speaking ability in a way that gives you the flexibility to adapt to new situations, until one day you won't even need a teacher anymore!

Small-group classes are given both inside and outside of the classroom - you will learn essential communication techniques in structured lessons with the teacher, then practice them in real-world situations, such as:

* Calling a movie theater to ask for showtime
* Ordering sushi delivery
* Calling a restaurant to make reservations
* Giving a questionnaire to people in the park
* Asking for directions at the train station
* Buying electronics

Intensive Conversation Course
This course builds on the standard course by adding one extra very-small-group conversational Japanese lesson each day. These lessons focus on some of the interesting aspects of conversational Japanese that it can be hard to cover in the standard classes, such as slang, dialects, specialized vocabulary, and more. Schedule: 10 grammar and 15 conversation classes per week

Japanese and Traditional Culture
Are you interested in Japanese culture?
This course offers you the opportunity to learn about the culture while learning the language, and the chance to participate in it with other Japanese people. You will study topics such as ceramics, tea ceremony, calligraphy, and flower arrangement at school, and then join real lessons run for Japanese people with a specialist teacher, as well as learning about Japanese customs, history, and art. We guarantee that you will have a great experience!

Schedule: 10 grammar, 10 conversation and and 3 cultural classes per week

This is a private course designed for those who wish to make the most of their Japaneses course and learn at their own pace. You could add 15 to 20 hours per week.



Class Levels

Students are placed in the appropriate class based on a level check test and interview on the first day of school. The levels are as follows, although some of these levels have multiple classes:

Complete beginner:
Have never studied Japanese before or can only use very simple Japanese phrases. Note: We accept applications from complete beginners, but students must memorize the hiragana alphabet before they start study with us. This usually only takes a couple of days.

Beginner 1:
Can hold very simple conversations, and read Japanese Hiragana and/or Katakana.

Beginner 2:
Can hold simple conversations. Equivalent to having finished Minna no Nihongo book 1 or Genki Japanese book 1, or having passed level 4 of the Japanese Proficiency Test.

Have some confidence in everyday conversations, and can read texts written using Hiragana, Katakana, and simple Kanji. Equivalent to being about halfway through Genki Japanese book 2.

Understand the basics of grammar, can hold most everyday conversations (including telephone skills), and can read texts written using Hiragana, Katakana, and simple Kanji. Equivalent to having finished Minna no Nihongo book 2 or Genki Japanese book 2, or having passed level 3 of the Japanese Proficiency Test.

Upper intermediate:
Understand advanced grammar and kanji, can participate in a range of daily conversations, and can read common Japanese texts fairly well. Equivalent to having passed level 2 of the Japanese Proficiency Test.

Understand grammar and most of the main kanji in use. Able to use Japanese required in business or university settings. Equivalent to having passed level 1 of the Japanese Proficiency Test.

All classes are “rolling start” classes – new students are added to ongoing classes, and move between classes as required.

Classrooms: 15 classrooms, each with a different theme, based on Japanese culture Classrooms are equipped with DVD players, TVs, stereos, whiteboards, and fully air-conditioned. Maximum 6 students per classroom. Maximum 120 students at one time. Average 3-4 students per class. Average classroom size: about 3.5m x 2.5m

Internet access: Multiple computers with Internet, Japanese study software and office applications are provided exclusively for student use, and free wireless Internet is available for students with their own laptops. (Students cannot use school printers.)

Other facilities:
Large student lounge area, with TV, movie projector, free coffee and tea, etc. Study rooms , Free DVD/CD rentals, textbook library available.

Disabled student access: No wheelchair access.


Admissions & Academic Credit

All interested adults who have completed high school or equivalency, and are age 15 or older are welcome to participate in the program.

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