S.M.i.L.E Niseko Japanese and English Language School S.M.i.L.E Niseko Japanese and English Language School

General Courses

We frequently adapt the courses outlined below to meet individual needs and consider each student's learning objectives very carefully.  

A1 - Basic Japanese Taster course (Survival Course)

This course is for people who have never studied Japanese before and want to study by way of trial over a short term. You will learn basic Japanese such as greetings, self-introduction, numbers, ordering, simple sentences and letters (Hiragana/Katakana). The minimum number of lessons is 6 and the maximum 12. 
 

A1 - Starter course (Aiming for CEFR scale : A1)

This course is for people who have never studied Japanese before but who have decided to study regularly and in a structured manner with a textbook, or those who have previously studied Japanese, but would like to start again from the beginning. It begins with studying Hiragana / Katakana thoroughly. Around 40 teacher & student contact study hours will be required to finish this course.

By the end of this course you should be able to…

1. Read & write Hiragana/Katakana and read around basic 50 Kanji words.

2. Basic greetings, simple self-introductions, talk about your daily routine, describe things and past events etc. 

A2 - Elementary 1 course (Aiming for CEFR scale : half of A2)

In this course, you will learn everyday communication, and become able to talk about simple things in Japanese, such as your family, job, and your town. You will learn verb て form, plain (short) form and ない form. Around 40 teacher & student contact study hours will be required to reach to this level.

By the end of this course you should be able to…

1. Read and write around 150 Kanji words.

2. Introduce your family, making request, asking permision, talk about your experiences etc.

 

A2 - Elementary 2 course (Aiming for CEFR scale : A2)

In this course, you will become able to increase the things you can do using basic expressions, such as arranging a trip and describing a tourist destination little by little. You will learn how to make potential form, passive and causative sentences.

By the end of this course, you should be able to...

1.  Read and write around 170 Kanji words.

2.  Hold simple, everyday conversations and read and write simple sentences about familiar things.

3.  Take JLPT N5

 

A2/B1 - Pre-intermediate course (Aiming for CEFR scale : A2 to B1)

In this course, there are more topics that relate to personal matters, such as problems at work and views on marriage. The aim is to finish A2 and start B1 by becoming able to talk for longer and do activities such as reading e-mails and blogs. You will learn volitional form, conditional form, transitive & intransitive verb, てあげます/くれます/もらいます etc.

By the end of this course, you should be able to...

1.  Read and write around 100 kanji words.

2.  Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, leisure, etc.

4.  Deal with most situations likely to arise while living in Japan.

5.  Take JLPT N4

 

B1 - Intermediate 1 course (Aiming for CEFR scale : B1)

The aim is to become able to talk in some detail, and have conversations with Japanese people about topics that you are interested in, such as manga you like and your experiences of taking part in festivals. Another aim is to become able to find information you need on the Internet, and post your experiences on SNS.

 

B1 - Intermediate 2 course (Aiming for CEFR scale : B1)

The aim is to become able to take part in more complex communication, such as giving information about recent news, giving health advice, and talking about your country’s traditional arts and history. Another aim is to become able to read and understand a variety of texts, such as internet bulletin boards and magazine columns. Bythe end of this course, you can take JLPT N3.