All of our Japanese teachers are native speakers and appropriately qualified to teach the language at almost any level, keeping in mind your own learning needs and current level. Classes can be held in your Birmingham home or workplace, and can easily be arranged to fit your schedule. We'll provide your initial text books, all you need to do is decide which of the following available course packages best suits your needs:
Everybody can benefit from our general Japanese courses - they endeavour to give the learner fluency in general Japanese conversation, whether through learning the basics or improving existing skills. General courses concentrate mainly on sharpening up grammar and vocabulary, and aim to expand the ability to speak, read and listen Japanese with full comprehension. These courses will be most suitable for those who want to improve their Japanese to a practicable level, or as a basis for a business Japanese course.
Our group courses in general Japanese are perfect if you have a group of 2-12 students who have achieved approximately the same level of Japanese, whether that be beginner or advanced. Your teacher will focus on Japanese grammar and vocabulary that will be useful in everyday communication, and will provide plenty of practice with speaking, reading, and listening. Your group should have similar learning goals, and be available at the same time and location every week. A general group course is suitable for groups of colleagues or friends, and is also a good option for businesses who want to give their employees a basic grounding in Japanese before they begin a business Japanese course.
Our one-to-one business Japanese courses are intended for those learners who already have a basic grounding in Japanese, but need to develop specific language skills to aid effective business communication. These courses can be tailored to address the requirements of your particular field, and can include development of any necessary skills, such as public speaking or professional correspondence. Business Japanese courses are a perfect option for people working in import/export, international negotiations and acquisitions, and multinational companies where some knowledge of Japanese is required. They are also ideal for jobseekers, people transferring to a foreign country, and those working with international colleagues, academia and government.
Group business Japanese courses are intended for small groups (of 2 to 12 students) who already have a working knowledge of Japanese, and want to extend their skills in the arena of business language. Your group should have approximately the same level of Japanese, whether that be intermediate, upper intermediate, or advanced. You should all be available at the same time every week, and have complementary learning aims. Your trainer will develop your course around your group's language goals and particular field of business, and can incorporate any specific areas of focus, such as improving negotiation or presentation skills. Group business language courses are suitable for a wide range of organisations, including multinational companies, and those whose employees require a higher level of Japanese to develop international business relationships.
Specific purposes Japanese courses are a great boon to people who have already studied Japanese and wish to develop certain facets of their Japanese skills. This can include an array of helpful guidance, including the following:
• Vocabulary related to the industry (legal, HR, engineering, accounting, medical etc.)
• Accent softening and elocution
• Expanding upon existing aspects (writing, speaking, listening, reading etc.)
• Language for travelling
• Communication skills in business (e.g. training, negotiation, telephony, presentation)
• Writing skills in business (e.g. reports, business correspondence, proposals)
• Historical and cultural sensitivity
Japanese courses catered for specific needs can be extremely useful in your group gaining not only fluency but an all-round knowledge of the Japanese culture, language and common practices. Groups of 2-12 students with the same learning aims can benefit from any of the following:
• Vocabulary for relevant industry (e.g. HR, engineering, accounting, medical, legal)
• Elocution and accent softening
• Expanding individual skills (writing, speaking, listening, reading etc.)
• Language for travelling internationally
•Business communication skills (e.g. training, negotiation, telephony, presentation)
• Business writing skills (e.g. reports, business correspondence, proposals)
• Historical and cultural sensitivity
"I really enjoyed the program of my Japanese course. Eiko was really organized with my lessons and really professional. She has been as pleasant and as reliable as she has been since I started. I wish I can continue with the course, but I will be moving to Taiwan very soon. I really appreciate your help! Best Regards, Johnny,"
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