I joined this school in April 2009 and chose the 1-year course. I entered the Graduate School of Information and Communication at Meiji University. And whenever you have any questions about your studies or life in general, you can be assured that the teachers will always be there with polite, helpful advice, which has made my experience as happy and fulfilling as it has been. There are lessons of fundamentals and applications, which was scheduled roughly as follows:
There is a quiz of Japanese first in the morning, which is a review of what you have learned the day before. After that, it goes to the study of the basic knowledge of Japanese such as vocabulary, grammar and writing. In the afternoon, we will have lessons of applications such as listening, talking. I think having such two kinds of lessons alternately is the best way for us to learn Japanese.
It is because that most of us were worried about speaking things more than writing. In fact, the more we talk and listen, the more we can communicate fluently with others.
At Tokyo Japanese Language Education Center, we study in small classes so that teacher could correct our pronunciation one by one and practice Japanese conversations in groups by setting the scene. I benefit a lot from those practices on improving my ability of listening and talking for the further study.
My favorite lesson is writing, during which we were told to write on various themes. And it is very helpful of the short essay in the examination. First we were taught how to write, then we would discuss the theme for 10 minutes in the class, and at last we were demanded to finish the 800-letters essay in a limited time.
We can broaden our horizons by listening to others’ ideas. And each time we felt as nervous as taking an actual examination, so that we could show our abilities as usual in the examination of graduate schools.
We also take lessons of English, which is not only necessary for the examination but also helps me with the study in the Graduate School. I major in Cross-cultural Communication, and the textbooks, themes and materials are mostly in English. It will be very difficult to go on with the study without sufficient English skills.
Many other useful lessons such as writing the research plan, the tutorial, and the simulated practice of interview are available, which are helpful for the actual examination as well.
I have been quite satisfied with the fulfilling student life at Tokyo Japanese Language Education Center, as I can go on with the study smoothly at the graduate school through the education I have received at at Tokyo Japanese Language Education Center.