Japanese Language Programs

Adult Courses cater to  students wishing to learn Japanese as a second or third language.

We offer; 

  • 10-Week Weekday Evening Course (Online)
  • Saturday 1-Year Program
  • Private Lessons/Private Group Lessons
  • JLPT Prep Course

Programs

10-Week Weekday Evening Course
 
*This is part of our 10 Week Weekday Evening Course, Advanced Speaking and Writing class.


Weekday Evening Classes are 10-week programs that are ideal for quickly learning the Japanese language and culture for travel or business purposes. 

For first time students who have some previous experience speaking Japanese, we have developed a self-placement guide that will help you identify the course best suited to your current abilities. Please download and view it here.

 

Age: Adult 

Terms:

  • Spring (Apr-Jun) 
  • Summer (July-Sep) 
  • Fall (Oct-Dec)
  • Winter (Jan-Mar)

     2022 Class schedule

Fee: $275/Term   *Purchase of the textbook is required and can be purchased at a retailer of your choice. 

Beginner LevelWE100 (Thursdays)Textbook: No textbook is needed
This class is for first-time Japanese language learners. In this course you will learn basic concepts of Japanese.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
・Read, write, and pronounce hiragana (Japanese alphabet あいうえお)
・Read, write, and pronounce katakana (another set of Japanese alphabets アイウエオ)
・Exchange greetings
・Introduce yourself
・Produce and speak short sentences
WE110 (Thursdays)Textbook: Japanese for Busy People I, lessons 1–7.
In this course, you will learn:
・How to count (numbers and currency)
・The name of the days, week, month, year
・Colours
・Basic verbs in the present tense
・How to create short question sentences


At the end of the course you will be able to:
・ Use useful expressions
・Order food in a restaurant
・Ask simple questions (regarding time, price, dates)
・Talk about your daily schedule
WE120 (Thursdays)Textbook: Japanese for Busy People I, lessons 8–16.
In this course, you will learn:
・Basic verbs in the present tense
・Basic adjectives in the present tense
・Words to describe a location

At the end of the course you will be able to:
・Invite someone to do something or to go somewhere
・Describe a location and ask for directions
WE130 (Thursdays)Textbook: Japanese for Busy People I, lessons 17–25.
In this course, you will learn:
・The negative form of verbs
・Naming of body parts
・How to make polite requests and sentences

At the end of the course you will be able to:
・Ask permission to do something
・Describe an action in progress
・Express your desires
・Describe how you are feeling
WE210 (Tuesdays)Textbook: Japanese for Busy People II, lessons 1–3.
In this course, you will learn:
・The name of family members
・Adjectives
・40 Kanji

At the end of the course you will be able to:
・Ask about preferences
・Make comparisons
・Ask about family members
・Combine two adjectives
・Write new 40 Kanji
WE220 (Tuesdays)Textbook: Japanese for Busy People II, lessons 4–6.
In this course, you will learn:
・Verb short-form conjugation
・The names of sports and hobbies
・How to make suggestions
・How to discribe time ( e.g. once a week/ twice a month )
・30 Kanji

At the end of the course you will be able to:
・Express daily actions using several verbs
・Make casual conversation
・Describe your experiences
・Learn and write new 30 Kanji
WE230 (Tuesdays)Textbook: Japanese for Busy People II, lessons 7–9.
In this course, you will learn;
・How to name things in nature (mountain, lake, river, etc)
・The name of occupations and divisions of a company
・How to talk about your childhood
・Indirect sentences
・30 Kanji

At the end of the course you will be able to;
・Construct long sentences using modifying clauses
・Learn and write new 30 Kanji
WE240 (Tuesdays)Textbook: Japanese for Busy People II, lessons 10–12.
In this course, you will learn;
・Potential form
・Conditional sentences
・How to express the reasons
・30 Kanji

At the end of the course you will be able to;
・Express the reasons
・Tell what you can and can not do
・Write new 30 Kanji
WE250 (Tuesdays)Textbook: Japanese for Busy People II, lessons 13–15.
In this course, you will learn:
・ How to create hypothetical and conditional sentences
・30 new Kanji

At the end of the course you will be able to:
・Create hypotherical and conditional statements
・Express necessities
・Write new 30 Kanji
WE310Textbook: Japanese for Busy People III Lesson 1-3
In this course, you will learn:
・How to Expressing supposisitons & wondering aloud
・Expressing Impression
・Conveying information gained elsewhere
・Describing action done or to be done.
・How to express beliefs or expectations
・How to expressing causes or reasons for situations and outcomes
・How to describe changes
・30 new Kanji

At the end of the course you will be able to:
・Ask about something you do not understand
・Point out something you noticed
・Present your new learnings or knowledge
・Explain preparations and procedures
・State your thoughts based on how things appear
・Talk about changes in everyday life
・Write new 30 Kanji
WE320Textbook: Japanese for Busy People III Lesson 4-6
・How to describing deliberate effects
・How to express purpose
・How to express the completion/incompletion of past, present, and future action.
・How to describing changes
・How to describing simultaneous actions
・How to express a lack of obligation
・How to give examples of events or actions
・How to state decisions
・30 new Kanji

At the end of the course you will be able to:
・Share news
・Explain about careers
・Ask for reasons or for an explanation of how a situation came to be
・Talk about the weather and its impact
・Talk about global warming
・Talk about environmental problems
・Write new 30 Kanji
WE330Textbook: Japanese for Busy People III Lesson 7-9
In this course, you will learn:
・How to describe the actions of giving and receiveng services
・How to express intention
・How to use passive structures
・How to a span of time during which an action or event occurs
・How to use causative and causative-passive structures
・30 Kanji

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
・Ask someone to do something for you
・Express gratitude for a service
・Make excuses
・Explain circumstances
・Tlk about things that trouble you
・Ask permission to do something
・Write new 30 Kanji
WE340 Textbook: Japanese for Busy People III Lesson 10-12
In this course, you will learn:
・Honorifics
・How to leave and relay messages
・How to useplan imperatives (Do & Don't)
・How to explain reasoning
・How to understand written and spoken styles
・30 new Kanji

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
・Introduce people
・Apologize
・Leave messages
・Give and quote commands
・Talk about events
・Engage in conversation with friends
・Write new 30 Kanji
WE350Textbook: Japanese for Busy People III Lesson 13-15
In this course, you will review what you have learned in WE course. By the end of this course you will be able to;
・Make and respond to apologies
・Ask for and respond to explanations
・Give casual and formal invitations
・Write email and RSVP postcards
・Express modesty
・Express gratitude
・Ask how someone is doing
・Write new 30 Kanji
Intermediate LevelWE Intermediate (Tuesdays)Textbook: Tobira Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia.
This course is designed for students who have completed the beginner levels. The equivalent would be for students who have studied from 250 to 300 hours of Japanese.
In this course, you will develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing to build a strong to intermediate-level of Japanese in preparation of eventually being at an advanced level.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Reach JLPT N3 level
Advanced LevelWE Advanced Speaking & Writing (Wednesdays)Textbook: No textbook is needed.
The level of this class is above JLPT N2.

In this course, you will:
・Read Japanese newspapers and discuss the topics
・Translate anime and manga from Japanese into English and vice versa
・Learn Japanese culture through TV shows , movies, and animations
・Learn how to write formal business documents and email and resumes.
・Deliver a presentation on what you have studied in this course in the last session.
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Saturday (1-year Program)
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Saturday
September – June

Course Outline: Adult A-G

Schedule: 2022-2023 Calendar
Tuition Fee: See Program Fees

Our signature Year-long Saturday Courses are held from September to June of the following year on Saturdays. 

Courses Available:

  • Adult A,B,C: 10am – 12pm (2hr)  *Adult C is closed  
  • Adult D,E,F,G: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2hr)
  • Adult A-G (2hr)+ Extracurricular class 3:10 pm – 4:10 pm (1hr)


Private Lessons/Private Group Lessons

VJLS also arranges a Japanese instructor for a student who wishes to take private lessons tailored to meet specific needs. All of our instructors have great experience and expertise in teaching the Japanese language.

For more information, please visit here.



JLPT Prep Course

Vancouver Japanese Language School offers JLPT prep course from September 2022. There are 5 levels, and each level has options for once or twice a week for 10 weeks.
*Minimum required 5 students
• N1 
• N2
• N3
• N4
• N5

We offer both in-person and online classes. 

For in-person class  $800/Term
Twice per week
4:30pm to 6:30pm(2 hours) 

For online class  $400/Term
Once per week
7pm to 9pm (2 hours)

Class Schedule

* Both use the same curriculum and the lessons proceed on the same schedule.
If you would like to take private lesson regarding JLPT, you are also able to follow this curriculum. Textbook will be announced.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kiyoko Fujii ( principal@vjls-jh.com ) .

 
Business Japanese at Your Office

VJLS can also dispatch a certified Japanese instructor to your office if you and your colleagues are looking for the best way to study Japanese. Set a lesson after work, or even at lunch time!