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 levels: Elementary, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced.

2 Year Bridging Course
April

2 years
1.9 Year Bridging Course
July

1 year and 9 months
1.6 Year Bridging Course
October

1 year and 6 months
1.3 Year 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 Eevaluation 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
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
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
Intermediate Listening JLPT Preparation
(Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, Vocabulary)
Grammar/Reading Conversation/Presentation
Upper Intermediate Listening JLPT Preparation
(Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, Vocabulary)
Grammar/Reading Conversation/Presentation
Advanced Japanese Affairs Listening Newspaper/Reading Presentation/Discussion

2 Year Bridging Course Course Materials and Progress Schedule

■1st Year

  Term Class Target Course Material Grammar Listening Kanji Others Proficiency
Test Preparation
April
May
June
3 months Elementary I N5 level of Japanese language proficiency Japanese language for beginners Daichi 1 Daily expressions, basic grammar Wakuwaku grammar listening Enjoy listening, etc. Kanji 300 Elementary Instruction in writing style  
July
August
September
3 months ElementaryⅡ N4 level of Japanese language proficiency Japanese language for beginners Daichi 2 N4 grammar original course material Everyday listening Elementary Kanji 300 Elementary Instruction in composition  
October
November
December
3 months Intermediate I N3 level of Japanese language proficiency Culture Intermediate I Overall summary of Japanese language concerning N3 grammar Everyday listening Intermediate Kanji 700 Intermediate Instruction in composition Preparation for N2 proficiency test
January
February
March
3 months Intermediate I N2 level of Japanese language proficiency Culture Intermediate I Overall summary of Japanese language concerning N3 grammar + Overall summary of Japanese language concerning N2 grammar Everyday listening Intermediate Kanji 700 Intermediate Instruction in composition Preparation for N2 proficiency test

■2nd Year

  Term Class Target Course Material Grammar Listening Kanji Others Proficiency
Test Preparation
April
May
June
3-4 months IntermediateⅡ N2-N1 level of Japanese language proficiency Culture Intermediate Ⅱ Overall summary of Japanese language concerning N2 grammar + Overall summary of Japanese language concerning N1 grammar Everyday listening Intermediate Kanji 1000 Advanced Instruction in short essays Preparation for N1 proficiency test
July
August
September
3-4 months IntermediateⅡ N1 level of Japanese language proficiency Culture Intermediate Ⅱ Overall summary of Japanese language concerning N1 grammar Everyday listening +40 Kanji 1000 Advanced Instruction in short essays Preparation for N1 proficiency test
October
November
December
3-4 months Upper Intermediate N1 level of Japanese language proficiency Upper Intermediate Invitation to Japan (example)
Japanese language comprehensive exercise using topics (example)
Learning Japanese language through newspaper article Using material from everyday life, such as newspapers Phrases, classic grammar,short essays, presentations, etc.
January
February
March
3-4 months Advanced N1 level or above of Japanese language proficiency
  • ∙ Course materials and progress for students of Intermediate level or above are appropriately adjusted according to their needs and abilities.
  • ∙ 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. We conduct last-minute exam preparation courses in science and art subjects to prepare for examinations for Japanese University Admission for International Students.

Science major: English, mathematics II, physics/chemistry
Arts major: English, mathematics I, general subjects

Each subject is offered once or twice a week (10 to 12 sessions) at no fee; however, there is a cost for course materials. The number and length of sessions are determined by class size.

Preparation for the June and November examinations commence in April and September, respectively. These courses are for students in the Upper Intermediate level or above. Japanese language skills are required at a level equivalent to passing N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test to go on to a graduate school. Therefore, to prepare for a graduate school, students must be dedicated to learning the Japanese language in their first year toward passing the N1 test in their second year. In the second year, students strive to improve their presentation and communication skills by acquiring vocabulary associated with a particular field, including the creation of a research planning document and preparation for an interview exam, in addition to learning the Japanese language.

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 level 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.