Short Intensive Conversation Program

(1/15) Introduction: With a strong focus on grammar and vocabulary acquisition, extensive conversation practice, and correct pronunciation, this 25 class per week course will help you rapidly improve your speaking and listening ability.

Offered year round with Summer, Autumn (Fall), Winter and Spring Inter-sessions and taught exclusively by experienced, fully licensed, native speaking teachers of Japanese, the Short Intensive Conversation Program offers flexible entry, and constant interaction with faculty. You can study from just 4 weeks to 12 weeks, and the course can be combined with the Ski and Study Program and the weekend Field Trips and Study Tours.

(2/15) Comprehensive: The Short Intensive Conversation Program gives language learners the opportunity to experience studying Japanese while living in Japan and practicing in a full immersion environment. It offers the opportunity not only to study the language, but also to personally encounter a wide range of cultural activities.

With 25 classes per week, each of 50 minutes duration, you can experience rapid improvement in your Japanese oral proficiency and listening skills. Class sizes are significantly smaller than the recommendations of the APJLE. A minimum of 2 of these classes will be one-to-one with your instructor, providing extra practice, and the opportunity to fix any problems you may encounter. Average class sizes are kept small throughout the year, and extensive pair work is conducted. Join us and brush up or dramatically improve your listening and speaking skills! No previous study of Japanese is required for participation.

(3/15) Description: You can study for any length from 4 to 12 weeks. Even if you are a complete beginner, you can commence on any start date. As mentioned in the introduction, there are start dates all year round to choose from. All start dates are from 9am on a Thursday, with each 1 week module running from Friday morning to Thursday afternoon.

(4/15) Teaching Method: All Short Intensive Conversation Program classes concentrate on communication skills, and include testing and revision. Preparation time, review and private study are essential.

All classes are taught via the direct method. The fastest way to learn Japanese is to be taught in Japanese and hear nothing else. Japanese is the language of instruction, however all of the texts at elementary level also have supporting translations and grammatical notes available in a range of foreign languages and other multilingual aids. Our instructors use an interactive style – rote learning has no place in the curriculum. You will be required to speak Japanese and participate in class discussions and graded accordingly. In addition to the formal classes, you need to factor in a minimum of 2-3 hours per day of homework, preparation and review. You will need to prepare for classes and submit all homework tasks and assignments.

Please note that although this a short duration course, Romaji – the Roman alphabet – is not used in instruction. From the initial lessons, you will be reading and writing exclusively in Japanese. This is for a number of reasons including;
(a) the highly multinational nature of the student body,
(b) the fact that use of Romaji often retards correct pronunciation and
(c) you will not be using Romaji later when you put your Japanese to use – so it makes sense to learn real Japanese from the outset.
The course has an emphasis on improving listening and speaking skills, although you will also learn to read in Japanese. At the elementary level you do not need to be able to read Kanji as all texts have “furigana” (the reading of each kanji indicated with small hiragana – see the curriculum section). From intermediate level you will need to study some Kanji. Bringing a good kanji dictionary is helpful. Correct grammar use is a major focus. A key objective of the program that you will be able to communicate using precise and correct grammar.

(5/15) Schedule: While students in this course do not study for a full year, the pace of learning and intensity of the curriculum makes it excellent value. Your budget for public transport, cost of living, accommodation, internet access etc will be much lower than most Tokyo programs, but you will receive far more actual instruction in Japanese.

Placement Testing for new students:
Thursdays, from 9.00am

Class Hours:
Start at 9.00am and finish at 11.50am.
Mondays to Thursdays:
Start at 9.00am and finish at either 2.30pm or 3.30pm.

1. Each class period is of 50 minutes duration, 5 minutes longer than APJLE regulations.
2. Course hours does not include time spent in essential tasks such as placement testing.

(6/15) Start Dates and Course Length: You can study from just 4 weeks, up to 12 weeks. The program begins on Thursday mornings with placement testing and interviews, and finishes 4-12 weeks later on a Thursday afternoon (when you are required to give a speech in Japanese). During 2014-2015, the following start dates are available;

2014: January 9th, 23rd. February 6th, 20th. March 6th, 20th. April 3rd, 17th. May 8th, 22nd. June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th. July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th. August 21st. September 4th, 18th. October 2nd, 16th, 30th. November 6th, 20th. December 4th, 18th.

2015: January 8th, 22nd. February 5th, 19th. March 5th, 190th. April 2nd, 16th, 30th. May 7th, 21st. June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th. July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th. August 20th. September 3rd, 17th. October 1st, 15th, 29th. November 5th, 19th. December 3rd, 17th.

(7/15) Fees & Costs: There is a small registration fee of 5250 yen. This fee is waived if you have studied with us before. A Discount Fee is available for early payment (16 weeks prior to commencement), JET Program participants, students with a working holiday visa, or students enrolling via the studyabroad office of their college or university.

The calculator gives an approximate exchange rate. Our invoices are denominated in Japanese Yen and are valid for 55 days. Invoices may be issued in AUD/Euro/GBP/USD on request, but are only valid for the month during which they are issued.

Course Length Total Fee Discount Fee
4 weeks 149,900 Yen 134,910 Yen
5 weeks 178,600 Yen 160,740 Yen
6 weeks 211,600 Yen 190,440 Yen
7 weeks 235,500 Yen 211,950 Yen
8 weeks 262,700 Yen 236,430 Yen
9 weeks 287,000 Yen 258,300 Yen
10 weeks 310,400 Yen 279,360 Yen
11 weeks 330,900 Yen 297,810 Yen
12 weeks 351,400 Yen 316,260 Yen


(8/15) Levels: The Short Intensive Conversation Program is highly suitable for Beginners through to Intermediate level students, and for those who have studied beyond Intermediate level, but lack confidence in speaking, or struggle with listening comprehension. After placement testing, you will join an existing class from 9am Friday morning, and then have the weekend to brush up, prepare for Monday’s lessons, and recover from jetlag or the transition to a new environment. If you feel that after initial placement testing, that you have been put into a class that is too easy or too difficult, it is usually possible to take a retest. Please consult with your instructors.

The course is not suitable for Advanced students. If you are at or are approaching Advanced levels (JLPTN1/JLPTN2), we would advise enrolling in Private Lessons, or contact Admissions for other options.
Mid-term testing includes both written and interview (oral) testing. Due to the way the curriculum builds on assumed knowledge, it is essential to pass each mid-term test before proceeding to higher levels. The pass mark is 70% during the beginner curriculum, and from Intermediate levels onwards, a pass of 80% is required to enter.

(9/15) Accommodation: All applicants requiring accommodation will receive assistance and placement. The choices available are Private Apartment, Sharehouse accommodations, and Homestay. For this particular course, we strongly recommend the Homestay option. For more information please click here.

(10/15) Entry Requirements: The minimum age at the time of commencement is 18 years. Before commencing the course, you need to have as an absolute minimum, 11 years of full-time education, or have a diploma equivalent to a Japanese senior high school diploma, or some college level studies, or a degree. You do not need to have any prior background in studying Japanese, and beginners are welcome for all start dates. During the summer you may need to reserve a place well in advance.
Applicants from some countries may need to have Japan based guarantor before the Letter of Acceptance can be issued. Please check the Visas page to see if you will require a guarantor.

(11/15) Applications & Enrollment Procedure: All applications and procedures may be completed online, there is no requirement for an interview, referees or application essay.

To enroll;
a) Select start date and course length.
b) Choose accommodation options if accommodation is needed.
c) Check visa requirements, especially the information regarding guarantors.
d) Please contact us for a free quotation, or just apply online using Course Code TKOSIC. We will try to issue confirmations and invoices within 36-48 hours.
e) On receipt of invoice, confirm your enrollment via Fee Payment.
f) Receive your Letter of Acceptance and supporting documentation.
g) Purchase a return ticket to Japan if necessary.
h) If you need to apply for a visa, visit a Japanese Embassy or Consulate.

(12/15) Deadlines: The deadline for application is 6 weeks prior to commencement, however please note that in peak seasons such as summer, applications often close earlier when the course reaches full capacity. For this reason, early application is advised.

(13/15) Payment Method: After an application is approved, we will issue an invoice (usually a PDF file sent via email, though paper copies can be sent). The preferred payment method is bank transfer. Please note that discounts are available for early payment.

(14/15) Refunds: Refunds are available if you need to cancel before or during your course. Please read the Refund Policy page prior to application. Please feel free to contact us if you have any inquires about the Refund Policy.

(15/15) FAQ: Student Guidebook.