Kyoto Chuo School Introduction


Kyoto Chuo School Study Course

Course introduction

The Kyoto Chuo School was established to meet the needs of exchange students wishing to “acquire ‘high-level Japanese language communication ability.’” For long term exchange students, we offer practical Japanese courses and University Continuing Education courses. For short term exchange students, we offer short term intensive courses. You can choose in accordance with your goals and study term lengths. All courses will provide “usable Japanese” skills.


3 Courses

Practical Japanese Course

ZazenWe will systematically study the 4 technical skills: “speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing,” for the purpose of acquiring “‘high-level Japanese language communication ability.” There are no lecture-based classes. Instead we aim to improve communication skills through various classroom activities designed to enable our students to engage in frequent conversations.

Universiy Continuing Education Course

YukataThis course is best suited for students who intend on continuing their education at Japanese universities, graduate schools, or vocational schools. The aims of this long-term course are to not only improve the 4 technical skills of “speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing,” but to prepare you for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test(JLPT), the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students(EJU), and university entrance examinations as well. We also offer solid continued education instruction for those students from non-kanji character countries.

Short Term Intensive Course

Summer Event 2This course is intended for students on short term visas who want to learn Japanese, from sessions as short as 2 weeks to as long as 3 months. As the curriculum is the same as the Practical Japanese Course, the program will be focused on “comprehending Japanese” and “speaking Japanese.” Our goal is to help you acquire “usable Japanese” skills within a short time period. This course is suitable for students wishing to brush up on their Japanese skills, or to trial experience a long term overseas exchange program.



Q   What are the distinguishing features of the Kyoshin Language Academy Kyoto Chuo School?

A   We have designed a curriculum intended to help students achieve their goal of “acquiring superior communication skills.” Whether you “want to speak Japanese,” “continue your education in Japan,” or “work in Japan,” all students who study Japanese share a common goal of wanting to acquire Japanese language communication skills. Through a variety of classroom activities, you will be able to acquire “usable Japanese.”

Q   The Practical Japanese Course is listed as having the goal of “acquiring superior communication skills.” Does the class consist only of speaking and listening?

A   Not at all. Classes consist of a variety of classroom activities to improve communication skills, and we offer a curriculum designed to learn the 4 technical skills of “speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing” through a well balanced program.

Q   I don’t know any Japanese at all, can I still enroll?

A   Yes, you can.
We offer zero experience beginner level classes, so you can feel comfortable enrolling.

Q   Are there classes in kanji?

A   Yes, we offer instruction in kanji. We allocate a portion of each class to efficiently learn a little by little each day.

Q   Do you teach courses in how to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test?

A   Yes, we do.
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is a publicly approved test of Japanese language skills. We incorporate preparations for the test in our classes according to your skill levels.

Q   Do you offer career counseling?

A   Yes, of course.
We periodically offer career counseling conferences for continued education and employment opportunities. For continued education, we offer advice from choosing a school to interview coaching. And for employment opportunities, we offer advice from resume writing to interview coaching as well.

Q   I’m already studying Japanese now. In Japan will I need to start from scratch all over again?

A   No, you will be able to study in a class at your appropriate level.
Before starting classes, we will conduct a placement test. Based on the results of a written and interview exam we will be able to start you off in a class appropriate to your level.

Q   Do you offer specialized programs for continued education?

A   Yes, we do.
If you are continuing on to a college, most universities utilize the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students(EJU). At Kyoto Chuo School, in addition to courses in Japanese, we also offer basic instruction in courses such as mathematics and science. For beginner level Japanese students, we offer courses in English as well, so you can get a jump start on your preparations.

Q   I’m currently studying Japanese, so what level can I achieve in a year?

A   What level you can achieve in a year’s time depends on what your Japanese level is upon enrolling. Please refer to the term period and goal achievement chart below.

Level Japanese communication skill achievement standard level JLPT standard level Vocabulary/Kanji standard level
1 Beginner 1 Comprehension of standard greetings and short sentences, ability to make ordinary conversation in simple sentences. N5 Vocabulary: 1000 characters
Kanji: 200 characters
2 Beginner 2 Comprehension of ordinary conversation to a certain extent, ability to express one’s own opinions or reasonings in complex sentences. N4 Vocabulary: 2000 characters
Kanji: 300 characters
3 Pre-intermediate Freely able to make ordinary conversation, and able to converse while regularly using attitudinal expressions. N3 Vocabulary: 3000 characters
Kanji: 600 characters
4 Intermediate 1 Can comprehend slightly rapid conversations, can use analogical reasoning to understand as-of-yet unlearned words, can adapt conversations to situations and speaking partners. Vocabulary: 4000 characters
Kanji: 800 characters
5 Intermediate 2 Can comprehend the gist of somewhat serious thematic material pertaining to daily life in news programs, newspapers and magazines, and can express one’s own opinions on affairs of general society. N2 Vocabulary: 5000 characters
Kanji: 1000 characters
6 Advanced 1 Can overall comprehend serious themes and conversations about subjects that interest yourself, and can discuss issues about general society. Vocabulary: 7000 characters
Kanji: 1300 characters
7 Advanced 2 Can comprehend topics about societal themes and subjects that interest yourself, and can debate a discussion in a manner that Japanese people find acceptable. N1 Vocabulary: 10000 characters
Kanji: 1600 characters
8 Upper-Advanced Can generally comprehend a wide range of topics including politics, economics, law, and international situations. Can make presentations and speeches in a manner that Japanese people will not find discomforting. Vocabulary: 12000 characters
Kanji: 2000 characters

* Each level is 3 months


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