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 Evening Courses and Year-long Saturday Courses for High School Students and Adults.


Please pick-up and fill in the Adult Programs Registration Form (PDF) from the Administration Office (Room 202). You can also e-mail, mail, or fax 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.


Tuesday Evening (10 Week Program)

Tuesday (7:00pm – 9:00pm)
Tuition Fee: $250.00 (Early Bird Discount: $240.00 – payment one-week in advance)
Textbook: Purchase of a textbook is required and can be purchased at school or at a retailer of your choice.

Registration Form

Our popular 10 Week Evening Japanese Courses are offered once a week, usually on Tuesday nights, as 2-hour evening sessions.
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced courses are available.

Tuesday Night Sessions

  • July 10, 2018 – September 11, 2018
  • October 2, 2018 – December 4, 2018
  • January 8, 2019 – March 12, 2019
  • April 9, 2019 – June 11, 2019
  • July 9, 2019 – September 10, 2019
  • Further Schedule TBA – E-mail or Speak to Us for questions and registrations

Courses Available:

  • Beginner 10, 20, 30 and/or 40 Courses
    • Textbook: Japanese for Busy People I – Kana Version
    • Introduction to Japanese language
    • Focus on speaking/listening to Japanese
    • Master Hiragana writing systems (B-10)
    • Master Katakana writing systems (B-20)
    • Basic Japanese grammar
    • Daily expressions and basic business phrases
    • Cultural notes
  • Intermediate 10, 20, 30 and/or 40 Courses*
    • Textbook: Japanese for Busy People II
    • More complex subject matters
    • More focus on reading/writing Japanese
    • Improve Japanese speaking/listening skills
    • Start leaning Kanji
  • Advanced 10, 20, 30 and/or 40 Courses*
    • Textbook: TBD (please contact the instructor)
    • Advanced grammar
    • Advanced Japanese speaking, listening, writing and reading skills

* 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 15 minutes before the class starts.

Saturday (1-year Program)

September – June
Tuition Fee: See Program Fees
Registration Form (PDF)

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

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 & High School A: 9:00am – 10:30am (1.5 hr)
    • Course for the adult or high school students new to the Japanese language.
  • Adult B & High School B: 10:40am – 12:10pm (1.5 hr)
  • Adult C, Adult D & Adult E: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hr)

Proficiency Exam Prep (JLPT)
The high-intensity courses are designed to aid students’ chances of passing the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (or 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.

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!