Japanese Language Programs

High School and Adult Courses cater to adult learners wishing to learn Japanese as a second or third language. Designed to suit the specific need of working adults, there are 10 Week Weekday Evening Courses and a Year-long Saturday Courses for High School Students and Adults. *As these courses are conducted online until further notice, you are required to have a suitable device [ideally a computer] with a video camera and microphone to participate.*


Register online or pick-up and fill in the registration from the Administration Office (Room 202). You can also e-mail, mail, or fax the form to us (See Contact Us).

For the list of tuition fees, please visit Program Fees page. We accept cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard or Interac Debit for the tuition payments at the office. Visa or MasterCard can be processed over the phone.

For more info on classes, tuition, and registration, please contact the VJLS-JH Administration and speak with or e-mail to the Adult Course Coordinator.


Adult - Weekday Evening (10-week Program)

Our popular 10-week Evening Japanese Courses are offered once a week on weekday, as 2-hour evening sessions.
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and High Advanced levels are available. Registration cut off is two weeks prior to the first day of each term.

Weekday (7:00pm – 9:00pm)
Tuition Fee: $250.00 
Textbook: Purchase of a textbook is required and can be purchased at a retailer of your choice.
Register Online

Beginner 10/20/30 Courses (Every Thursday)

Intermediate/Advanced/High Advanced Courses (Every Tuesday)

Courses Available:
“Beginner 10” is the introductory course to Japanese for new learners. If you have previous knowledge of Japanese, please contact us to determine the most suitable course for you.

  • Beginner: B-10, B-20, and/or B-30 Courses
    • Textbook:
    • Introduction to Japanese language for new learners
    • Focus on speaking/listening to Japanese
    • Basic Japanese grammar
    • Daily expressions and basic business phrases
    • Cultural notes
    • Read and write Hiragana writing system (Beginner 10)
    • Read and write Katakana writing system (Beginner 20)
    • Brief introduction to Kanji (Beginner 30)
    • Course Outline
  • Intermediate: INT-10, INT-20, INT-30, INT-40, and INT-50 Courses*
    • Textbook: Japanese for Busy People II
    • More complex subject matters
    • More focus on reading/writing Japanese compared to the Beginner courses
    • Improve Japanese speaking/listening skills
    • Start leaning Kanji
    • Course Outline
  • Advanced: ADV-10, ADV-20, ADV-30, ADV-40 and ADV-50*
  • High Advanced Courses

* Some levels may not be offered depending on number of students.

On the First Day of Class:
Press the “VJLS Office” intercom and head to the Administration Office on the Second Floor.
If you have not made payment or submitted your registration form, please arrive at least 30 minutes before the class starts.

Saturday (1-year Program)

September – June
Tuition Fee: See Program Fees
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Our signature Year-long Saturday Courses are held from September to June of the following year on Saturdays. Please click here for Course Outlines.

For high school students who wish to learn Japanese as a second or third language, we offer High School Courses from September to June. The curriculum of this course is tailored specifically for young adults to effectively study Japanese with role-plays, games, videos, songs, anime and manga as well as “Genki” as a regular textbook which is used in a Japanese course at UBC.

Courses Available:

  • Adult A & B: 9:30am – 11:30am (2hr)
  • High School A – C: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hr)
    • Course for the adult or high school students new to the Japanese language.
  • Adult C,D,E,F,G: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hr)
Saturday High School & Adult Lesson Timetable 
9:30 am

11:30 am
Adult A,B
1:00 pm

3:00 pm
High School A-CAdult C,D E,F,G

Proficiency Exam Prep (JLPT)
The high-intensity courses are designed to aid students’ chances of passing the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) held in December every year. JLPT is for those who wish to certify their level of Japanese proficiency for official and business purposes (i.e. high school and university entrance/course requirements, foreign service requirements, credentials on resume and so on).

2-hour prep sessions are offered from July to the end of November once a week on a weeknight from 7:00pm to 9:00pm or as a private lesson.
If you are interested in the prep program, please contact our office by e-mail or phone.

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 with a Japanese teaching license have great experience and expertise in teaching the Japanese language.

Lesson time, frequency, and contents are flexibly set in a discussion with your instructor before the first lesson. Starting at minimum 5 lessons of 2 hours each (10 hours in total). Please note that, instructor travel fees based on Translink zone boundaries apply to the private lessons taking place outside of the VJLS-JH building.

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!