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Alpha Language Institute
Alpha Language Institute is a truly global phenomenon, with schools teaching the Japanese language to students in London, Bangkok and the Philippines, Nepal, Osaka, and closer to home in Toranomon, Tokyo. This January, their newest branch opened up in the beautiful city of Yokohama, and what’s more, there is a special opening campaign as an incentive for you to join in on the fun. Alpha Language Institute was established in 1987 as a Japanese language school for foreign professionals. Over the last two decades, it has developed a reputation for high-quality lessons taught by instructors from diverse backgrounds, each of whom brings their specific experience to bear in the classes.

The school provides various types of lessons for elementary- to advanced-level learners from about 30 countries, including private and group classes, both on- and offsite—choose the best option for your schedule and needs. Courses available are daily conversation, JLPT Preparation, and one-on-one (onsite/offsite, long-term/short-term).

Select Alpha now and take advantage of some fantastic, limited-time offers. Students can now sign up for private lessons without paying the registration fee—and take advantage of a discount on course fees, too. Understanding Japanese adds an unparalleled richness to life here. But the Japanese language can present difficulties. Approach the trained professionals at Alpha Language Institute, and take a firm step towards your goal. The new Yokohama institute is awaiting your visit.

● 22F Toranomon Kotohira Tower, 1-2-8 Toranomon, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3504-8080. Email: alpha@alpha.ac.jp.

● 4F Yasda-1 Bldg., 2-21-8 Tsuruyacho, Yokohama. Tel: 045-316-8282. Email: yokohama@alpha.ac.jp. www.alpha.ac.jp/english

ARC Academy
Imagine immersing yourself in Japanese lessons without hearing a word of English. Sound scary? Actually, it’s the most effective—and fun—way to learn, according to ARC Academy. And they should know—they have been at the forefront of Japanese language teaching since 1986, catering for students from over 40 countries.

At ARC the motivated teaching staff is well-trained to speak at your level of understanding. That way, they can guide you fluidly through the levels, leaving you with conversational capability in no time at all.

ARC Academy’s Intensive Course is available for as long as you require; for as little as four days, through to months and even years. The course is designed to develop all four language skills, but focuses particularly on speaking and listening, to achieve practical communication. Activities are organized to teach you various aspects of Japanese culture.

A short walk from Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Yokohama, the four biggest stations in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, will bring you to one of ARC Academy’s branches, where you can opt for other courses too, such as JLPT Preparation, Business Japanese, and more. As for private lessons and company training lessons, a custom-made curriculum is provided to meet individual schedules and needs.

If you’re interested in working on basic conversational skills, or business terminology, ARC Academy offers the best results. The friendly, English-speaking staff will welcome your inquiries by email, telephone or in person.

● Main office: 2-14-7 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3409-0391. (Shinjuku tel: 03-3345-6411; Ikebukuro tel: 03-3590-4550; Yokohama tel: 045-312-5759). Email: shibuya@arc.ac.jp. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Open Mon, Wed & Thu 10am-7:30pm, Tue & Fri 10am-6:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm, closed Sun & hols. http://en.arc-academy.net

Dynamic Business College
Located in the center of Tokyo, Dynamic Business College (DBC) can help you achieve your dream of proficiency in the Japanese language. With DBC, you will improve your Japanese skills—and at the same time build wonderful memories of your experiences in Japan that will last a lifetime.

DBC boasts a staff of education professionals highly skilled in teaching Japanese to international students. You will have academic counselors to guide you every step of the way. The school’s cooperating college network will make it easier for you to enter the Japanese university of your choice.

At DBC, you will grow culturally as well as academically. A variety of extracurricular events and activities will make this possible; introducing you to different elements of what Japan’s society has to offer. You will meet students from all over the world and make new friends, as well as exchanging cultural experience.

Since 1991, DBC has provided superior Japanese instruction and cultural exchange to students worldwide.

DBC is committed to helping you construct a path to the realization of your goals. They are best placed to set you on your Japanese learning adventure as soon as you are willing to start. Get in touch and don’t waste a second!

● 2-51-8, Nishinippori, Arakawa-ku. Tel: 03-3802-8810. Email: m-ojima@d-b-c.co.jp. Nearest stn: Nippori. www.japandbc.com

Ebisu Japanese Language School
If you want to see your Japanese improve day by day, without the grueling feeling you get from doing a heavy-duty course at a large official institution, then Ebisu Japanese Language School (EJLS) could be the place for you. This friendly, informal school is appropriate for learners of all levels and stripes. Students range from beginners to veterans preparing to master Level N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

EJLS also offers assistance with résumé writing, business Japanese, interview practice and gendered language in spoken Japanese. Lessons are taught by helpful, experienced instructors who adapt their methods to suit each student in a relaxed environment. You are guaranteed to notice an improvement after each lesson.

Programs include JLPT prep courses (July and December tests) for all levels (¥3,000/90 min). Private tutoring can be arranged to fit any schedule, and tailored to focus on specific areas of language learning (¥3,800/50 min).

For students who need to pick up Japanese quickly, EJLS offers an intensive course that includes ten days of intensive private lessons over two weeks priced at ¥3,800/90 min. At walking distance from both Ebisu and Hiroo stations, EJLS is centrally and conveniently located, and within reach of plenty of vibrant city life.

● 4F Hiroo Stone Bldg, 1-3-17 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3441-4713. Email: ebisujls@aol.com. Nearest stn: Ebisu or Hiroo. www.ebisu-jls.com

Evergreen Language School
Evergreen Language School is located in the quiet residential area of Yutenji, just three stops from Shibuya on the Tokyu Toyoko line. Established 63 years ago, the school has seen more than 50,000 students from around the globe pass through its classrooms.

Evergreen strives to create effective, enjoyable classes to help students learn both the language and culture of Japan. There are several courses to suit your daily life—just choose how many times a week you want to come in and how you want to learn. If there are specific materials you’d like to study, private lessons are available. Group classes offer the opportunity to learn Japanese while meeting people from all over the world. Evergreen also has an intensive kanji course, as well as lessons designed to prepare you for studies at a Japanese university.

The school’s friendly, professional and qualified teachers help you build confidence in your Japanese ability and lay the groundwork for continued learning. Many students who have completed their courses go on to study higher levels of Japanese. For prospective students from abroad, Evergreen can help you apply for a college visa, allowing you to study in Japan while also working part-time up to 28 hours a week.

Evergreen operates two other campuses on the Toyoko line, and can even dispatch teachers to your home—which means fewer excuses not to make 2012 the year you conquer the Japanese language!

● 1-21-18 Yutenji, Meguro-ku. Tel: 03-3713-4958. Email: info@evergreen.gr.jp. Nearest stn: Yutenji. www.evergreen.gr.jp

Global Talker Electronic Dictionary
What does every cunning linguist have in his or her pocket, backpack, utility belt, or handbag? Something small enough to carry everywhere, yet capacious enough to contain a warehouse of language resources. It’s the Global Talker Electronic Dictionary.

This up-to-the-minute piece of technological expertise, brought to you by Toko Trading, is available in 52 languages including English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Hindi, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Greek, Czech, Turkish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghaihua, Korean, Persian, Arabic, Indonesian, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese and more. What’s more, its audio pronunciation functions can help you sound like you really know what you are talking about. This instrument is already the electronic translator of choice for the large majority of Japan-based linguistic exercise, so find out what the fuss is about.

The new Global Talker is your passport to Asia and the world, combining English, Japanese and Chinese dictionaries in a single device. Users can listen to over 10,000 everyday speech patterns and 2,000 patterns for travel use in all three languages. There’s also a recording feature that allows you to capture your own voice and compare it to the native pronunciation, which any language learner will know is the best way to improve. And if that’s not enough, you can learn even more languages by buying supplementary language cards.

As an introductory special, the Global Talker is on offer for ¥9,990-27,000, depending on the model.

● Tel: 0120-919-689. Email: office@toko-trd.com. www.toko-trd.com/index_en

Human Academy
The goal of Human Academy is the globalization of the Japanese language. Its educational activities assume a key role in the promotion of international exchange. As a Japanese language school licensed by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education, it provides courses to equip students for an ever-changing society.

Human Academy believes direct communication is the foundation of language teaching. Detailed assistance is offered for career guidance, plus a monthly Language Exchange event with Japanese people to develop communication skills.

Human Academy boasts a substantial body of 600 students from 43 different countries, and offers a great selection of classes, beginning with the Practical Japanese Course and Preparatory Course, where students learn Japanese on a long-term basis and improve reading, listening, writing and speaking. Secondly, the Intensive Course is a firm favorite among foreign students, allowing them to choose classes fitting their needs and level. Lastly, the Short-term Intensive Course is for learning practical Japanese for one to three months. Human Academy will fully support a student wishing to obtain a college student visa. Human Academy also offers private and group lessons, corporate training, JLPT preparation courses, and business Japanese.

Based on years of experience, Human Academy has developed original textbooks, based on the central pillar of communication skills—necessary in order to live, continue education, or find employment. Contact them for information—or to arrange your free trial lesson and level-check test.

● 7F Waseda Yobiko, 4-9-9 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku. Tel: 03-5348-8951. Email: tjp22@athuman.com. Nearest stn: Takadanobaba. http://hajl.athuman.com

Kumon Japanese Language Program
The most common reason given by those people who would like to study Japanese, but don’t, is simple. No time. How many times have you said that, if not about Japanese, then about all the other things you’d like to do? Fortunately however, there is a company striving to solve this problem for aspiring language learners: Kumon Japanese Language Program.

Kumon is based on studying Japanese when and if you want. Practice listening and reading aloud with CDs, and complete worksheets for the reading and writing elements of the course. Papers are submitted to instructors, and returned graded so you can learn from your mistakes and keep improving.

For those who wish to study at their own pace without going to the study center, such as working people, busy parents, or those immersed in other projects, Kumon’s Correspondence Course with Online Reading Lessons is just the ticket. Lessons can be enacted via the web with no additional cost, and one-to-one advising with your instructor will help you receive guidance on reading skills, or anything else you might need.

Kumon Japanese Language Program’s Correspondence Course with Online Reading Lessons can improve your skills because it is an individualized learning program allowing you to study what you want and when you can. As this is a monthly-fee system, you can start studying whenever you like. Contact Kumon for an information pack.

● Tel: 0120-49-4625. Email: japanese@kumon.co.jp. www.kumon.ne.jp/jpn

Meros Language School
Some people trust in learning language by osmosis. Just live in Japan, go to the shops, talk with your friends a little, and slowly but surely you will acquire the Japanese language without doing any studying. But do you really believe that? Surely you appreciate that the complexity and depth required for real communication in Japanese does not come so easily. It is time to knuckle down and face facts—you need to study! And you need experienced teachers and a specially designed curriculum to do it.

Meros Language School has been helping students get to grips with Japanese since 1985. Located in Ikebukuro near the Sunshine Building, Meros offers group and private lessons, with over 600 international students currently profiting from its professional, experienced teaching staff. Not only will lessons be calibrated to your own individual level and pace, but you will be able to complement your studies with Japanese cultural experiences to help you engage with the language and the society together.

Private lessons are available for those who can’t manage with the timing of the group classes. Semi-private lessons are also available, and group lessons start from just ¥2,500 for 90 minutes. Corporate classes can be arranged for your work, and new special courses to help find employment in Japan are also on offer. Get in touch for more details!

● 2-45-7 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku. Tel:03-3980-0068. E-mail: info@meros.jp. Nearest stn: Ikebukuro. www.meros.jp/en

NIC (Nihongo Instructor Club)
Just steps from Azabu-Juban station, NIC offers private and group lessons to students of all levels. NIC’s instructors all hold Japanese teaching certificates and, on average, bring a decade of experience to the classroom. Beginners will be happy to know that teachers [pictured] can speak English, and usually another language as well.

NIC offers a free level check to place prospective students in the most suitable class. Uniquely, students learn about 15 hours’ worth of “survival Japanese” before going into the curriculum proper, bringing them up to speed from the get-go. If you’d rather study Japanese in your own space, NIC instructors can be dispatched to offices or homes throughout the Tokyo Metropolitan Area.

NIC caters to all levels, with prep classes for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and Business Japanese Test (BJT). Fees are reasonable, with 90-minute classes priced at ¥2,980 or less and private lessons at ¥4,200 or less per hour. Diplomats can receive a tax-free DS certificate. There is also a Beginners’ Course for levels one and two.

New classes at NIC start every month. NIC issues a monthly newsletter called Guide Sign, with info on new classes as well as Japanese seasonal tidbits. Just submit your email to get on the mailing list. Contact NIC for more information and to arrange a visit, or search on Facebook to find the Nihongo Instructor Club page with all the latest news.

● 2-20-10-205 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3454-5002. Email: info@nicjapanese.com. Nearest stn: Azabu-Juban. www.nicjapanese.com

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin Japanese Language Institute (JLI)
At Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin, whether you’re studying at basic or advanced level, practical and business Japanese is the order of the day. Students can choose from an intensive daytime program; early morning, afternoon, night and Saturday part-time courses; or private lessons. At the basic level you will practice intensive drills for practical conversation skills; at the intermediate and advanced levels, more sophisticated conversation and speech drills are part of the program. Newspaper articles, TV news, and JLPT preparation—as well as Japanese corporate culture studies—are also covered.

Students include business people, corporate trainees, diplomats, family members of working expats, spouses of Japanese and other adult learners with various cultural backgrounds. There is an even distribution of students from Europe, North America, East Asia, and other areas of the world.

Founded in 1967 by the International Education Center (IEC), JLI is conveniently located in central Tokyo, a three-minute walk from Yotsuya Station, in a recently-constructed, earthquake-proof building.

In addition to Japanese lessons, IEC provides a variety of English-language education programs and engages in various international exchanges. Activities include the International Speech Contest in Japanese, broadcast on NHK, and a diversity of other cultural forums, including the Japan-America Student Conference, which was originally founded in 1934.

Prospective students are invited to contact JLI to discuss which course is appropriate for them, or to stop in to check the facilities.

● 1-21 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku. Tel: 03-3359-9600. Email: jli-info@nichibei.ac.jp. Nearest stn: Yotsuya. www.nichibei.ac.jp/jli

OLJ Language Academy
For those not keen on registering in some massive education institution that farms out students like battery chickens, you might consider opting for OLJ Language Academy. Smaller and cozier, you will notice right away that its environment is perfect for growing your seeds of Japanese into towering trees of knowledge. At OLJ, lessons take place with 15 students or fewer in the class, which ensures a personalized treatment.

See for yourself its brand new classroom in Shibuya. Just a minute or two from the station, there could be no better location for your language learning needs.

For beginners, OLJ uses their original textbook Terry and Mai. It presents daily situations to teach Japanese through a combination of imagination and practical everyday communication.

Whatever visa you have, OLJ can provide lessons for you; be it a working visa, artist visa, dependent, and others. Currently OLJ has several students with spouse visas, who have attended the Intensive Japanese Course (five days a week in the morning or afternoon) and successfully improved their Japanese from beginner level to JLPT N2 holder in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test—in just one year’s study at OLJ.

OLJ holds that participation in Japanese cultural activities is essential to experiencing the language, and as such, organizes events such as trips to sumo, making yourself up like a Japanese teenage girl, firefly watching tours, and other beautiful experiences that you will cherish.

● 2F Shibuya New Plaza Bldg, 1-17-16 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3400-7181. Email: info@olj-academy.com. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.olj-academy.com

On-gaku Language Program
For online Japanese language classes based on an innovative e-learning platform—with webcam and slideshow support—On-gaku Language Program is the place to go. Without leaving the comfort of your own premises, you can take advantage of fully interactive classes with experienced tutors twice a week, or on weekends.

On-gaku Language Program is now offering two introductory courses to Japanese. Practice Basic Japanese lays an emphasis on grammar usage in common, everyday situations, like introductions, shopping, dining out, going to the bank or the doctor’s, and many more. With the other course, you can prepare specifically for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level 4, with kanji, vocabulary and grammar emphasis.

On-gaku Language Program was developed in 2011 with the purpose of offering high quality study possibilities for busy people who are in Japan or for those who live far from any language school. Currently enrolled with On-gaku are students from South America, and especially Brazil, but the company is now reaching out specifically to a new, English-speaking clientele.

All classes prioritize the interaction between tutor and students, with comprehension and pronunciation exercises in every lesson. The duration of the program is six months, for a total of 4,320 minutes.

Contact On-gaku for a language level interview and to find out more about the innovative e-learning system.

● Astral Co., Ltd. Tel: 03-5937-5202. Email: nihongo@on-gaku.com. Inquiries Mon-Fri 4pm-9pm. www.on-gaku.com.

Shinjuku Heiwa Japanese Language School
Keen on honing your Japanese, but scared off by the prices at most Tokyo language institutes? Shinjuku Heiwa Japanese Language School is your solution. For just ¥120,000, sign up for three months of regular class—or take lessons per day for ¥3,125. For those who mention this article, the two week course is available for the bargain price of ¥29,800 (normal price ¥35,000). Visit the homepage for more details.

Shinjuku Heiwa also offers room and board, allowing a full immersion in the culture. Nab accommodation near Shinjuku for as little as ¥60,000 a month, with no deposit or extra charges; or ask for a home stay to ensure more practice. Student visas can also be arranged, with a special offer if you enroll for the July term: ¥290,000 for the first six months.

In a convenient location ten minutes’ walk from the hub of Shinjuku station and just one minute from Okubo or Shin-Okubo stations, Shinjuku Heiwa caters for all levels. Thanks to small class sizes—no more than ten students per teacher—learners can enjoy personal attention. Selective classes teach Japanese through culture, kanji, and business manner. JLPT preparation courses take place in April and May, covering levels N1, N2 and N3.

What’s more there is a philosophy that language must be combined with living, to which end social events are held monthly, to promote mingling with the host of international students. See the website for more details.

● 1-13-14, Hyakunincho, Shinjuku-ku. Tel: 03-6304-0088. Nearest stn: Okubo. www.shinjuku-heiwa.com Email: info@shinjuku-heiwa.com. Blog: http://shinjukuheiwa.blogspot.com

TCC Japanese Institute
Why study Japanese in the noisy, hectic heart of the city, when you can just hop on the train for ten short minutes and find yourself in a peaceful spot, just perfect for the applying of language ointment to the cranial region? At TCC Japanese Institute, this lovely location, plus the school’s modest size and friendly vibe, combine to create an intimate, family-like environment perfect for nurturing your Japanese language ability.

Just one minute from Arai Yakushimae station on the Seibu Shinjuku line—ten minutes from the focal hub of Shinjuku, around 200 people from around the world come together at TCC to study within the calm, measured framework provided by this reputed institution.

Most students are in Japan with a student visa, and plan to enter Japanese universities, postgraduate schools, career colleges and Japanese companies—but there are others already holding a job in Japan, whose families are also learning at TCC. TCC has four terms a year (starting in April, July, October, and January), but those who have non-student visas can join anytime. Regular lessons are from 9am-12:30pm on weekdays and 1-4:30pm on weekends. A discount is offered for those with non-student visas. Three months of classes will set you back ¥120,000, while 90-minute private lessons start from ¥6,000. TCC is happy to provide private lessons, group lessons and also send teachers to companies.

● 5-28-4 Arai, Nakano-ku. Tel: 03-3388-6728. Email: tcc-ji@tcc-ji.com. Nearest stn: Arai-Yakushimae. www.tcc-ji.com/en/01_first.html

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School
Just a joyous skip from Tokyo’s metropolitan centers of Shinjuku and Harajuku, Tokyo Central Japanese Language School is set among greenery and stately architecture just by Yoyogi station. The school is a melting point of different cultures and nationalities, and students have always referred to the eye-opening experience of meeting and mingling with such a varied community. There are also daily opportunities for cultural exchange with students enrolled in the Japanese Language Teacher Training Course.

The cultural interaction combines with an educational framework offering daily intensive classes, short-term courses and private lessons. Companies, schools and homes can also request teachers to travel to give classes.
The TCJ Business Japanese Course is now open for applications. Specifically designed for students seeking employment in Japan or requiring Japanese in a work environment, enrollment is available whenever it suits. TCJ also offers its “Spring Session—Japanese Conversation Training” from March 19.

Irrespective of your background or nationality, you are always welcome at TCJ. Come along to one of its international events to get to know the kind of thing on offer. Check TCJ out by searching for its page on Facebook, or feel free to stop by. Also get in touch to arrange a trial lesson and test to determine your level—both for no charge at all.

● 4-30-3 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5411-3331. Email: info@tcj-nihongo.com. Nearest stn: Yoyogi. http://tokyo.ymca.or.jp/japanese/english

Unitas Japanese Language School
Founded in 1983 by the Teikyo University Group, Unitas Japanese Language School is just a ten-minute walk from Shin-Okubo station or a three-minute walk from Higashi-Shinjuku station. It has a roomy upstairs premises, with some classrooms featuring large windows that fill the room with light. All levels of students are welcome at Unitas, from beginner to advanced, whether you are interested in group classes, private lessons, or corporate classes. Group classes are for a maximum of 16 students, and take place from Monday to Friday, in one of two time slots: 9am-12:50pm or 1:30-5:20pm. Terms start four times a year—in January, April, July and October. Students can join anytime, but those who have never studied the Japanese language before are encouraged to start at the beginning of a new term.

Unitas has a talented group of teachers, and those taking part in the Monday to Friday group classes will be able to experience a different teacher for each day of the week, which allows you to benefit from a variety of teaching styles. In addition to friendly instructors who create a cozy and comfortable learning environment, Unitas has competitive class fees: one-month group lessons start from just ¥38,000 and private lessons from ¥3,300/hr. A college student visa course is available for ¥370,000.

● 3F, 22 Sankyo Bldg, 2-2-9 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku. Tel: 03-5287-5636. Email: japanese-tokyo@unitas-ej.com. Nearest stn: Shin-Okubo or Higashi-Shinjuku. http://www.unitas-ej.com/e/

Tokyo YMCA Nihongo Gakuin
Find yourself in an old-town atmosphere reminiscent of the Edo Period, just ten minutes from Tokyo station in Koto-ku. This area, replete with Japanese-style gardens and traditional festivals, is home to Tokyo YMCA Nihongo Gakuin. This top-level Japanese school is attractive to students for its prime location, in the old-new cultural mélange represented by this wonderful neighborhood.

Tokyo YMCA Nihongo Gakuin offers many courses available for the aspiring Japanese speaker. Choose from the Daytime Intensive Course, which offers classes twice a week over three months for just ¥44,000. The Regular Course is four hours per day, five days a week, also for three months, and costs ¥150,000. Full-time workers should check out the Saturday Intensive Course, where you get five Saturdays’ worth for ¥15,000 (one class is ¥3,500). There is also the JLPT Preparation Course (twice a week, ¥44,000), and private lessons at ¥5,500 each. All prices include initiation fee, study material and tax.

But your self-betterment need not stop with the acquiring of a new language. The Tokyo YMCA Nihongo Gakuin is based in the Toyocho Center, alongside the Wellness Center, cafeteria, nursery and international school. For mothers taking the Intensive Course, a childcare service is offered to make it easier.

YMCA Nihongo Gakuin is a Japanese language school reaching out to everyone around the world. Come down and check it out for yourself.

● 2-2-15, Toyo Koto-ku. Tel: 03-3615-5548. Email: nihongo@tokyo.ymca.or.jp. Open Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat 9:30am-12:30pm. Nearest stn: Toyocho. http://tokyo.ymca.or.jp/japanese

We Japanese Language School
Located in bustling Shibuya, We Japanese Language School prides itself on innovative customer service and effective, results-driven training for professionals. Experienced instructors offer customized lessons to meet learners’ specific business and communication aims, so you’re guaranteed to acquire the Japanese you actually need for your working life. The unchanging philosophy of “student-centered teaching” is at the heart of the school. The students are always top priority.

We’s experienced instructors customize their lessons to suit learners’ needs and objectives. Tailor-made curricula are enhanced by a range of original materials, and offered as group, private, semi-private and test preparation classes. Additionally, We creates intensive dispatch lessons for companies. Lessons are available seven days a week from 7am-10pm. With an English and Chinese language division in the same building, international students can mix with their Japanese counterparts. We organizes parties and events allowing students to interact with other professionals in a cross-cultural atmosphere. This practical experience is essential in learning to speak like a native.

Courses newly begun in February include the Intensive Japanese Language Course. This short-term intensive course aims to raise your conversational Japanese to “master-level” in one month. At the end of the course, complete beginners can expect to have the fluency to converse in daily situations. Students can join this intensive course mid-stream. We ensures that students get the largest return from their investment in learning Japanese.

● 4F Higashi Nihon Bldg, 1-22-8 Shibuya. Tel: 03-5489-6480. Email: info@we-japan.com. Nearest stn: Shibuya. www.we-japan.com

International School

The British School in Tokyo
At the end of 2011, the International Schools Inspectorate spent six days looking at every aspect of the British School in Tokyo. Conclusively, it found the institution provided the best any school could deliver. In fact, BST was recognized as “Excellent” in every category measured. Following are some more details from the report on this international school for ages 3-18, with pupils from over 50 countries.

BST was described by the Inspectorate as a dynamic, creative, educational community, successful in meeting its aims in delivering a world-class, British education in Tokyo to 650 international students. Some of the highlights of the report were that the overall achievement of the pupils is excellent, and the school is meticulous in monitoring pupils’ personal development, as well as academic progress. It was also reported that staff know pupils very well, and show true commitment to ensuring their welfare, health and safety. Teaching throughout the school was roundly categorized as excellent, as was leadership and management. Pupils at all levels were described as being well prepared for the next stage in their education, with a broad and challenging Sixth Form experience providing them with qualifications recognized by universities across the world.

BST always knew it had something extremely special to offer every child who joins. Now, this official report has shown that this pride was justified. Get in touch to arrange a tour.

● 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5467-4321. Email: admissions@bst.ac.jp. Nearest stns: Shibuya or Omotesando (Shibuya site); Sangenjaya (Showa site). www.bst.ac.jp

Global Indian International School (GIIS) Tokyo
GIIS Tokyo came from humble beginnings with fewer than 50 students in 2006, and has since grown to a strength of 250 students within a few years.

After successfully meeting the educational requirements of the Indian diaspora—while always being sure to give ample importance to local requirements—GIIS is now poised to create international centers for learning excellence. The Japan campus of GIIS currently focuses on primary and middle school education, with plans to expand to meet the interests and needs of all students in Japan. The campus facilities include laboratories for Science, Mathematics and Computer Science. A well-equipped library with over 4,000 books including fiction, subject books, and reference books provides students with an opportunity to enhance their learning on various subjects.

GIIS teachers are well equipped to integrate technology into the classroom and use it effectively in order to plan lessons and prepare assessment reports. Access to a large pool of teaching resources ensures that the staff can keep abreast of the latest trends in the pedagogical process, and that they can be in a position to positively implement them.

Nurturing students for the future is one of the key focus areas for GIIS Tokyo schools, which ensures that adequate opportunity, mentoring and guidance is provided to students to excel in entrepreneurship, leadership, teamwork, group dynamics and academics.

● 3-20-6, Minami Shinozaki Machi, Edogawa-ku. Tel: 03-5636-9151. Email: tatsuya.hashimoto@globalindianschool.org. www.giisjapan.org

Prime International School
Prime International School’s mission is to educate students to think on a global level. From preschool to high school, students are preparing for the next step, whether they are learning to read or applying for a school abroad. The philosophy and time-tested teaching methods of Prime International School are based on the principal’s 25 years’ experience. Two programs are offered: Prime Junior and Prime Academia. Prime Junior is an international preschool and kindergarten for children aged 18 months to six years old. So that children can “learn by doing,” the curriculum includes many hands-on educational opportunities. The program also emphasizes reading’s importance. Even from an early age, children’s literacy skills are developed, to put them soundly on the path to reading and language mastery.

Prime Academia is an after-school program (preschool to university) targeting the educational needs of students with a native or returnee level of English. The curriculum features academic subjects such as Reading, Writing, Science and Numeracy, and Specialized Subjects. Students will not only maintain and improve their English, but also expand on subjects covered in daily schooling. Prime Academia teachers are experienced, certified schoolteachers from English-speaking countries who endeavor to motivate students to reach their highest potential.

Prime International School opened on February 14, just two minutes’ walk from Ebisu station. For more information, please visit the website below.

● 1-13-2 Ebisu-Minami Shibuya. Tel: 03-6303-0566. Email: info@ep-prime.com. http://www.ep-prime.com/english.html


Globis University
Founded in 1992 by president and dean Yoshito Hori, Globis is now Japan’s largest management educational institution, educating more than 8,000 students each year. Furthermore, Globis’ MBA program boasts over 348 students this year, which makes it the largest MBA school in the country.

The Graduate School of Management, Globis University, currently has three programs entirely taught in English: a part-time MBA, a full-time MBA, and a pre-MBA.

The part-time MBA is a two-year program with classes on weekday evenings and weekends. There are currently 21 countries represented in the course, making it one of Japan’s most international MBA programs.
The full-time MBA program will be launched in September as a one-year program for those keen on having an intensive, exciting MBA experience.

Finally, the pre-MBA allows you to start your MBA journey by taking as little as one course before officially enrolling. Credits earned will be automatically transferred to the MBA, and tuition paid will be deducted from your total MBA tuition. This course is an ideal opportunity to discover if Globis is a fit for you, before paying the full MBA tuition.

Whether you’re looking to switch positions within your current company, explore new industries, or find your mission in life, Globis welcomes everyone willing to grow and arm themselves with the skills needed to lead the future of business.

● Sumitomo Fudosan Kojimachi Bldg, 5-1 Niban-cho, Chiyoda-ku. Tel: 03-5275-3850. Email: imba@globis.ac.jp. Facebook: International MBA at Globis; Twitter: Globis IMBA. www.globis.ac.jp