So, you’ve finally decided to learn Japanese language, that’s a great start from your side. But learning Japanese is going to take much more than hard work and motivation. You’re going to need a place and enroll in a few semester courses, in this case, a language learning school.
Finding the right language school can be confusing. There are lots of options and courses to select from, and almost all of them offer the same thing.
What Things To Consider When Choosing A Japanese Language School?
Since everyone’s demands vary, the following aspects can help you determine whether a particular Japanese school is right for you:
It’s important to consider how and what you wish to learn from the selected course(s). Also, you’ll need to choose how long you would want to study. All language schools provide general Japanese language courses that will gradually increase in difficulty as you go from beginner to higher-level classes.
Of course, your commitment to your study, attending classes, completing assignments, and improving your written and verbal skills will also play a significant role.
Most schools opt for a teaching approach with plenty of written examples and suggestions. Although this learning approach is quite effective at improving your proficiency, it may not be the most enjoyable.
Some schools prioritize practical reading, writing, and listening along with some conversation exercises into the mix. If you want to study Kanji or pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JPLT), these are great options.
Intensity Of Courses
It’s imperative that you consider what you hope to achieve by learning Japanese. If you want to pursue higher education or employment, you need to enroll in an intensive course to better your language skills.
Or, if you wish to work part-time while attending school, a medium to low-intensity school/course would be better. A medium-intensity school or course provides an excellent combination of studying while also getting some leisure time, allowing you to experience your life in Japan without compromising your learning progress.
Availability Of Customized Courses
All language schools offer a “general” course, so if you only want to stick to the standard track, you’ll be fine. Some schools, however, may provide specific electives once a student has reached an intermediate level of Japanese.
Specialized courses may focus on things such as: going to university in Japan, business Japanese, which may help with job hunting, passing the JPLT, and even being able to read and debate on current events.
Additional Perks And Benefits
Are you someone who needs a sophisticated learning environment? Tech-driven classes? A school café? A library where you may read Japanese books when you see fit?
These are among the added features that some schools may offer to their students. These factors may or may not be meaningful to you but could affect your participation in studies.
Whatever you choose, it’s personal to you. But do remember that you’re investing your time and future, so make an informed decision when selecting a language school.
If you’re having difficulty deciding, you can always get in touch with Oku Sensei’s Japanese and have a look at their Japanese semester courses.