There is an increasing number of international people travelling to Japan with a desire to learn Japanese that they can use to support their study, work, travel and life. With few courses available that provide the needed practical training within a short amount of time, DEOW is excited to present the Practical Japanese Conversation Program.
This intensive training program, curated by DEOW, provides students with the key phrases and vocabulary that can be used in daily life in Japan. The course takes on a coaching-style approach that emphasizes effective communication through rehearsal in order to develop confidence and muscle memory for when you are in real situations where you want to express yourself to Japanese people and understand their them as well.
Although learning grammar and reading are important in the long-term studying of any language, many students undergo years of learning in classrooms settings without being able to say simple sentences like Could you please say that again? or Would you be able to help me?. This is surprising given that these phrases are the most important for anyone who is expected to find themselves in situations where they don’t understand something. Given that students are language learners, why then are these not emphasized… from day 1?
There is an expression in the English language that is familiar to many people and commonly used in reference to languages: If you don’t use it, you lose it. It follows then, that if what students learn is useful, then they will be able to use it, and if they can use it, they will remember it. On the contrary, if students leave the classroom unable to concretely state what they have learned, then it is unlikely that they will be able to use it, and thus it will be likely be forgotten and need to be trained again. Training language which is practical is therefore more efficient.
With this understanding and philosophy, DEOW is proud to present the Practical Japanese Conversation Program, which addresses the growing need for efficient and effective training so that students can spend less time studying and more time communicating and connecting with people in their everyday life, and moreover enjoying Japan and its extraordinary culture.
This course has been especially designed to provide an intensive study of everyday Japanese within a short amount of time for students who are pure beginners up to intermediate level speakers.
Whether you are visiting Japan in the short term and want to be able to get around and connect with the locals, planning on studying Japanese in school but want to learn natural Japanese, or are living in Japan and want to be able to do so more comfortably, this course provides you with the training you need to comfortably converse in everyday Japanese.
This course is unique as it takes on a language coaching-style methodology that is highly engaging and interactive. Students are put in real-life situations and learn the key phrases needed to efficiently navigate them.
Each class is focuses on a topic or real-life situation, including daily greetings in different contexts, introducing yourself and various aspects of your life, asking for directions and assistance, ordering at restaurants and cafés, and importantly, asking the questions necessary for clarification so that you can learn Japanese in Japanese and confront situations where you don’t understand. The lessons build on one another so that gradually students are able to engage in more situations and have deeper conversations.
Most of language is patterns. As students progress through the program, they come across these commonly-used patterns or recurring grammar structures and become familiar with them, enabling students to understand more of what they hear, learn new sentences quicker, and create new sentences on their own that they had never actually learned before. In this way, Japanese grammar becomes intuitively understood through situational changes of these common patterns. As time goes on, students build their repertoire of phrases and patterns, and learn to mix and match them organically based on the situation.
Our coaching-style approach views language as holistic communication that involves facial expressions, body language, intonation and rhythm. Students are given immediate feedback and guidance as they work through new content so as to help them build their muscle memory of phrases that sound natural. With communication as the main focus, in addition to being trained on suggested content, students also build custom phrases to express what is unique and important to each student. The ultimate goal of our program is that students can become independent language-learners who can navigate everyday life, face the unfamiliar situations that come with it, and express themselves naturally with the Japanese people they are sure to meet.
Topics covered in the program include:
Course Start: Every week starting on Monday (students can flexibly choose the week they wish to start)
Class Times: Beginners 09:00-12:00; Intermediate 13:00-16:00 Monday to Friday.
Program Duration: From 2 to 12 weeks (2 weeks is the minimum)
All fees are in JPY and are subject to tax [8%].
NOTE: Students will be required to cover the costs of food, travel to and from Japan, daily commute and travel within Japan, and any other personal expenses. We will also ask that all students obtain Emergency Medical Insurance before or by the time they land in Japan.
Students will be provided accommodations for the duration of the program.
Each student will be given a private room in a shared dormitory in a peaceful neighbourhood in Saitama, located directly north of central Tokyo and directly accessible to the school in Shibuya.
The school is located in the ever-exciting area of Shibuya, one of Japan’s major international hubs located in the heart of Tokyo and accessible to virtually all the areas of the city. It is a hotspot for fashion, entertainment and dining, where people can find Japan’s major department stores, large shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment centres. Shibuya is also the home of the iconic statue of Hachiko, one of the most popular meet-up points for friends, and the world famous Shibuya Crossing where every change of the lights signals one of the largest crossings of people in Japan if not the world, sending people in all directions to their desired destinations in the city.
The school is located approximately 5 minutes from Shibuya station on foot just behind the well-known Hikarie building and across the street from the DEOW Tokyo Office.
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