Courses | Japanese Language School affiliated with Chuo College of Technology

Course Introduction

The Japanese Language School affiliated with Chuo College of Technology will assist you in improving your language skills toward your specific goal of entering a vocational school, university, or graduate school while gaining balanced competencies in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Classes are divided into four stages: Elementary, Lower Intermediate, Intermediate/Upper Intermediate, and Advanced.

2 Years Bridging Course
April

2 years
1 Year 9 Months Bridging Course
July

1 year and 9 months
1 Year 6 Months Bridging Course
October

1 year and 6 months
1 Year 3 Months Bridging Course
January

1 year and 3 months
  • Every class has its own individual homeroom teacher to ensure that students can freely request advice on study methods, etc.
  • Emphasis is placed on providing students with advice on possible careers after graduation but general and personal guidance, including counseling, are also available.
  • Complete curriculums for students aiming to proceed to scientific courses are also available.

Classes

Indication for Classification of Japanese Language Proficiency Evaluation in Lessons

Elementary
  • Able to correctly read N4 level of kanji characters
  • Able to correctly write N4 level of kanji characters
  • Able to correctly select written N3.4 level of kanji characters
  • Able to correctly select reading N3.4 level of kanji characters
  • Able to choose appropriate declinable words of N4-equivalent level
  • Able to select appropriate post-positional particles of N4-equivalent level
  • Able to select appropriate words of N4-equivalent level
  • Able to select appropriate expressions of N4-equivalent level
Lower Intermediate
  • Able to correctly read N3 level of kanji characters
  • Able to correctly write N3 level of kanji characters
  • Able to correctly select reading N2.3 level of kanji characters
  • Able to correctly select written N2.3 level of kanji characters
  • Able to choose appropriate declinable words of N3-equivalent level
  • Able to select appropriate post-positional particles of N3-equivalent level
  • Able to select appropriate words of N3-equivalent level
  • Able to select appropriate expressions of N3-equivalent level
Intermediate/Upper Intermediate
  • Able to correctly read N2 level of kanji characters
  • Able to correctly write N2 level of kanji characters
  • Able to correctly select reading N1.2 level of kanji characters
  • Able to correctly select written N1.2 level of kanji characters
  • Able to select appropriate post-positional particles of N2-equivalent level
  • Able to select appropriate words of N2-equivalent level
  • Able to select appropriate expressions of N2-equivalent level
  • Able to write short sentences using function words of N2-equivalent level
Advanced
  • Able to correctly read N1 level of kanji characters
  • Able to correctly write N1 level of kanji characters
  • Able to read most kanji characters in newspapers, books, etc.
  • Able to select appropriate declinable words of N1-equivalent level
  • Able to select appropriate words of N1-equivalent level
  • Able to select appropriate expressions of N1-equivalent level
  • Able to write short sentences using function words of N1-equivalent level
Elementary to Advanced Levels
  • Able to understand most materials in each level
  • Able to read detailed information in each level
  • Able to collect information by seeing and listening in each level
  • Able to understand most conversations in each level
  • Able to correctly understand the details of what people say in each level
  • Shape of kana and kanji letters
  • Spelling accuracy
  • Grammatical accuracy
  • Composition skills
  • Having own point of view
  • Ability to grasp assignments
  • Pronunciation/Accent
  • Speed
  • Appropriate speech and reply
  • Composition skills

Timetable Example

  1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 4th Period
Morning Session 9:00–9:45 9:55–10:40 10:50–11:35 11:45–12:30
Afternoon Session 13:00–13:45 13:55–14:40 14:50–15:35 15:45–16:30
Elementary Listening Kanji character Grammar/Reading Conversation
Lower Intermediate Listening JLPT Preparation Grammar/Reading Conversation/Presentation
Intermediate/Upper Intermediate Listening JLPT Preparation Grammar/Reading Conversation/Presentation
Advanced Listening JLPT Preparation Newspaper/Reading Presentation/Discussion

2-Year Bridging Course: Course Materials and Progress Schedule

■1st Year

  Term Class Target Course Material
April
May
June
3 months Elementary I N5 level of Japanese language proficiency Japanese language for beginners Daichi 1
July
August
September
3 months Elementary II N4 level of Japanese language proficiency Japanese language for beginners Daichi 2
October
November
December
3 months Lower Intermediate I N3 level of Japanese language proficiency Let’s go to Intermediate!
January
February
March
3 months Lower Intermediate II N3 level of Japanese language proficiency Let’s go to Intermediate!

■2nd Year

  Term Class Target Course Material
April
May
June
3–4 months Intermediate I N2 level of Japanese language proficiency Intermediate Japanese, volume 1
July
August
September
3–4 months Intermediate II N2 level of Japanese language proficiency Intermediate Japanese, volume 1
October
November
December
3–4 months Upper Intermediate N2–N1 level of Japanese language proficiency Course materials for students in the Upper Intermediate and Advanced levels are selected based on their needs and abilities.
January
February
March
3–4 months Advanced N1 level or above of Japanese language proficiency
  • ∙ Course materials for JLPT N3–N1 preparations are selected for each class.
  • ∙ Video materials (drama, news, anime, etc.) are used in all levels.

Career Guidance

1. Preparation Courses for Admission Exams to Japanese Universities, Colleges and Other Schools

The Japanese Language School affiliated with Chuo College of Technology supports students in advancing into colleges, graduate studies or vocational schools. In preparation for the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), we teach Japanese subjects in classes or through off-campus learning. *As for other subjects, classes are held depending on the number of students who apply for them. Even if the number of applicants is insufficient, they will each be taken care of individually. Students at the Upper Intermediate stage or higher are eligible for such lessons, which are provided free of charge (except for course materials).

*Science major: mathematics II, science
Arts major: mathematics I, general subjects, and English (optional, as the EJU does not require that students study English)

2. Helping students get accepted at graduate schools

The Japanese Language School affiliated with Chuo College of Technology offers individual tutoring aimed at helping students get accepted at graduate schools. Extra-curricular lessons for both regular and research student enrollment are provided free of charge.

How to write a research planning document or a thesis
How to contact professors and how to prepare for an interview

Since Japanese language skills at a level equivalent to passing N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test are required in order to enter a graduate school, students must remain dedicated to learning Japanese toward achieving that level on the test.
In their second year of study, students above the Intermediate/Upper Intermediate stage are expected to improve their communication skills. The guidance they receive is not just to develop their ability to write a thesis, or the research planning document required for entry to a graduate school, but also to prepare them for interviews.

Year-Round Schedule

April Enrollment ceremony, placement test/orientation, health checkup
May Off-campus Learning(e.g., the Life Safety Learning Center tour)
June Career guidance for prospective graduates
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students
July Enrollment ceremony, placement test/orientation, Japanese Language, Proficiency Test, yukata (summer kimono) wearing class, Tanabata (Star Festival), overnight trip to Karuizawa for cultural experience (e.g., tea ceremony)
August Summer vacation (about 2 weeks)
September Level test, Sports Day, start of individual interviews, speech contest
October Enrollment ceremony, placement test/orientation, Japanese Language, school festival
November Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students, off-campus coursework
December Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Off-campus Learning (e.g., tour of Tokyo), Christmas tree decorating, winter vacation (year-end and New Year)
January Enrollment ceremony, placement test/orientation, Japanese Language, New Year party
February Overall career guidance intended for all current students, Off-campus Learning (e.g., Nikko, Hakone)
March Level test, Dolls’ Festival, graduation ceremony, spring vacation Schedules above are subject to change.