Class Information

This page explains about the teaching methods, classes and syllabus at Genki Japanese School. Select an item from the list below to see more information.

  1. Overview of class levels
  2. Class syllabus
  3. Teaching philosophy
  4. Sample weekly schedule

1. Overview of class levels

Genki Japanese School offers 12 basic class levels.


When you arrive at GenkiJACS, you are placed into the ongoing class that is most appropriate for you. Your placement is decided based on the following:

  1. The results of your online level check test.
  2. The results of the placement test and interview held on your first day at school.

As your study continues, you move up automatically through the class levels. When you complete the material for one level, you will advance to the next level, for as long as you study with us.

Class Level Average Time to Complete
Complete beginner 1-1 2 ~ 2.3 weeks (38 ~ 44 lessons)
Beginner 1-2 1.6 ~ 2 weeks (38 ~ 42 lessons)
Beginner 1-3 5.8 ~ 6.1 weeks (114 ~ 130 lessons)
Beginner 1-4 3.5 ~ 4 weeks (70 ~ 80 lessons)
Bridge course (optional) 1 ~ 2 weeks (20 ~ 40 lessons)
Beginner 2-1 3 ~ 4 weeks (60 ~ 80 lessons)
Beginner 2-2 3 ~ 4 weeks (60 ~ 80 lessons)
Beginner 2-3 2 ~ 3 weeks (40 ~ 60 lessons)
Beginner 2-4 3 ~ 4 weeks (60 ~ 80 lessons)
Bridge course (optional) 1 ~ 2 weeks (20 ~ 40 lessons)
Pre-intermediate 3 5 ~ 8 weeks (100 ~ 160 lessons)
Intermediate 4-1 8 ~ 9 weeks (160 ~ 180 lessons)
Intermediate 4-2 12 ~ 14 weeks (240 ~ 280 lessons)
Upper intermediate 5 10 - 12 weeks (200 ~ 240 lessons)

 

Average time to Advanced level: about 61 ~ 76.4 weeks, or 15 ~ 19 months!

Average time to complete is included as a guide. Actual time to complete depends on the specific students, and may be longer or shorter.
Curriculum and study times at Tokyo school differ to the ones mentioned on this page. Please enquire for more details.

All classes are held on a rolling start basis. This means that you enter an ongoing class, partway through that class’s syllabus. If your ability level is slightly below the level of that class, we provide free “catch-up classes” to raise you to the appropriate level.
The exception to this is complete beginners, who start from the first Monday of each month only. If you are the only student at your specific level when you arrive, a new class will be created for you.
As students can start any Monday, and you can study for as many weeks as you like, the students in your class can change from week to week. New students may arrive on a Monday, and old students graduate on a Friday. We have a time-tested system in place to minimize disruption to the class.
Because we offer so many different class levels at any time, we are able to place you into a class that matches your current ability level closer than at other Japanese schools.

Note:

- If you are the only student at your ability level (and not on a student visa):
1) If there is a class at a close level, you will have 10 lessons per week with that class, and 5 private lessons focusing on your specific needs.
2) If there is no close level, you will have 10 private lessons per week to focus on just what you want to learn.

- If there are only two students at your ability level (and you are not on a student visa):
1) If there is a class at a close level, you will have 10 lessons per week with that class, and 10 semi-private lessons with just the two of you.
2) If there is no close level, the two of you will have 15 semi-private lessons per week.

This policy means you don't need to worry about whether there will be other students at your ability level when you arrive - even if you're the only one, we'll make arrangements to take care of you!
(Note that the only exception to this is complete beginner students. Classes for complete beginners start on the first Monday of every month and the third Mondays in June, July and August. If complete beginner students start outside of these dates, there will not be a class available for you.)


2. Class syllabus

The syllabus used at Genki Japanese School has been honed and adapted over years to offer the best learning experience for students. This page provides an overview of the syllabus and topics of the core courses at each level.
The core course offers two 50-minute grammar classes and two 50-minute “application” classes each day. In general, you will study new grammar each afternoon, do related homework that night, then practice your new skills in the application class the next morning.

Please note that the equivalent JLPT levels listed below are only meant as a guide. Study at GenkiJACS is focused mainly on teaching communicative Japanese for daily life, rather than passing the JLPT, hence completing the below levels does not necessarily guarantee that you will be able to pass the test. We do however offer optional JLPT preparation classes which focus specifically on helping you learn how the test works and what kind of questions you can expect, etc. Enquire for more details!

Complete beginner (1-1)
Class requirement: must be able to read hiragana characters
Objectives: Use basic verb sentences to hold simple conversations such as self-introductions and shopping.
Textbook: Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, book 1, chapters 1-3
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N5

Beginner 1-2
Objectives: Use adjectives, past tense sentences.
Textbook: Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, book 1, chapters 4-5
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N5

Beginner 1-3
Objectives: Use the "te" form to describe, explain and provide reasons. Use the short form to give opinions and pass on information.
Textbook: Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, book 1, chapters 6-9
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N5

Beginner 1-4
Objectives: Use comparatives and supporting verbs to have more natural conversations.
Textbook: Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, book 1, chapters 10-12
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N5/N4

Bridge course
Optional, as a supplement between Beginner 1 and 2 levels if needed.

Beginner 2-1
Objectives: Use potential verbs, modals and volitional forms to hold more complex conversations.
Textbook: Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, book 2, chapters 13-15
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N4

Beginner 2-2
Objectives: Use simple formal Japanese, as well as transitive and intransitive verbs, to describe complex situations and feelings.
Textbook: Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, book 2, chapters 16-18
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N4

Beginner 2-3
Objectives: Use polite and formal Japanese to hold conversations with a range of people.
Textbook: Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, book 2, chapters 19-20
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N4

Beginner 2-4
Objectives: Use the passive, causative, and passive causative to describe complex situations and emotions.
Textbook: Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, book 2, chapters 21-23
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N4

Bridge course
Optional, as a supplement between Beginner 2 and Pre-intermediate levels if needed.

Pre-intermediate 3
Objectives: Review and master the especially difficult beginner grammar, and prepare for the Intermediate courses.
Textbook: Chukyuu e iko, TRY N3
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N3

Intermediate 4-1
Objectives: Learn intermediate grammar and practice it on longer reading passages, while improving speech ability.
Textbooks: Chukyu wo Manabo 1, TRY N2
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N3 + N2

Intermediate 4-2
Objectives: Learn intermediate grammar and practice it on longer reading passages, while improving speech ability.
Textbooks: Chukyu wo Manabo 2, TRY N2
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N2 + N1

Upper intermediate 5
Objectives: Speak to Japanese people with few communication problems, and read and understand simple newspaper articles.
Textbooks: Chukyu kara jokyu e no Nihongo, Jokyu de manabu Nihongo
JLPT equivalent: studying for level N1

3. Teaching philosophy

At GenkiJACS, we believe that good teaching is:

1. Purposeful
All of our lessons are structured to give you essential Japanese in a way so that you will remember it, and be able to use it yourself.

2. Practical
Lessons are focused on the skills and topics most useful to actually getting out there and becoming proficient in the language. Activities involve real-world situations, guest instructors, field trips and more.

3. Professional
All of our Japanese teachers are graduates of a 420-hour Japanese teacher training course at a recognized study institution, and have extensive experience teaching to foreigners. We don't just teach whatever comes up like some other schools; we follow a curriculum designed with the needs of English-speakers in mind.

And, as much as anything else, we believe lessons must be interesting! You can't learn if you're not engaged. Our materials and methods are designed to draw you in to the class, and to make any topic exciting.

The GenkiJACS method has been honed over several years to allow for the maximum retention of learned material, using techniques of rapid response, and real-world use of previously learned materials. For a demonstration of this method, see our example lesson.

4. Class schedule

Our school has both morning and afternoon sessions. Students may have class either in the mornings or in the afternoons, and this can change on a daily or weekly basis. We are not able to guarantee specific class times (e.g. classes only in the mornings). Possible class times:

GenkiJACS Daily Class Times
9:30 ~ 10:20
10:25 ~ 11:15
10 MIN BREAK
11:25 ~ 12:15
12:20 ~ 13:10
55 MIN LUNCH BREAK
14:05 ~ 14:55
15:00 ~ 15:50
10 MIN BREAK
16:00 ~ 16:50
16:55 ~ 17:45

 

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