Q: What will I learn in Course 1?

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A: By the end of Course 1, you will be able to do the following:

–  read and write hiragana, katakana and 200 kanji
–  introduce yourself and give background information
–  express feelings and emotions
–  describe places and object locations
–  ask questions about life experience and opinions
–  invite people to events
–  ask for directions
–  give directions to taxi drivers
–  hold conversations about daily life
–  pass the JLPT N5 (Course 1)
–  pass the JLPT N4 (Course 2)

Q: How many hours of instruction do I need to pass the JLPT N5? What about the N4?

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A: Students should be able to pass the JLPT N5 after completing 80% (135 hours) of Course 1. After completing Course 2 (168 hours), students should be able to pass the JLPT N4 exam. Naturally, students are encouraged to study and practice outside of class as well.

Q: Do teachers speak English?

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A: Yes, all of our teachers are either native Japanese or English speakers and have at minimum a fundamental understanding of the English language.

Q: If I take a 2-hour course, is it possible to only take the class once a week?

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A: Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer 2-hour classes once a week. We feel that language acquisition requires at least 4 hours of training per week to see improvements. Currently, we only offer accelerated courses to help students on their journey to obtain their goals.

Q: Are there lessons on Japanese holidays?

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A: Typically, there are classes even during holidays for all courses. Naturally, you may take any day off from class, but missed days are non-refundable. We ask that you still study what will be covered during missed classes. It is also possible for students who take intensive courses to drop-in to an evening class at an additional cost. Please ask our staff if there are any available seats in a drop-in class before you miss the class.

Q: Is there any scheduled break time during 4-hour intensive courses?

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A: The class is broken into 3 70-minute segments, so students will have about 10 minutes in-between each segment to use however they choose.

Q: Is there any scheduled break time during 2-hour courses?

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A: The class is broken into 2 55-minute segments, so students will have about 5 minutes at the end of each segment to ask additional questions.

Q: What should I do if I’ll be late for a class/segment?

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A: Don’t worry, there is no need to notify us beforehand. Please come in whenever you can, but try not to disrupt others when entering the classroom.

Q: Do you have any suggestions for accommodations in Tokyo?
A: Yes, please take a look at our blog post on finding accommodations in Tokyo.

Course Payment/Cancellations

Q: I’ve filled out the online form to register for a class. Now how do I pay?

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A: After we receive your submission, we will send you a confirmation email with a total amount that must be paid in full before your registration is confirmed. Payments can be made via bank deposit or PayPal.

Q: I’ve already signed up for Course 1 and now have decided to take Course 2 as well. How should I register for Course 2?

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A: Please check with us and register as soon as possible to guarantee your seat.

Q: I have already paid for the course. Is it possible to cancel?

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A: Yes, you are able to cancel your reservation for the course as long as it’s within 30 days of payment and before the course has started.

Q: If I pay and cannot attend the course I registered for, is it possible to postpone my enrollment?

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A: Yes, it is possible to delay enrollment if you notify us that you will not be able to attend the course within 30 days before the course starts.

Please contact us at info@languageschool.tokyo if you have any other questions that were not answered here.