An obvious yet fundamental precept of our teaching method is that students
must be willing to make an effort to learn. In the early stages, they should
try to put themselves in the hands of the teacher and cooperate in the
rapid-fire drills and conversation practices, even if they cannot immediately
perceive the direction in which they are being taken. Later on, when they
have grasped what is going on, students should begin to play a more active
role in the classroom situation.
As teachers, we know it is essential to make sure our students get as much
conversation practice−in Japanese only−as possible within the limited time
We have developed techniques that force our students to listen carefully as well as to give oral responses.
To avoid mere "parroting," we encourage our students to make
up questions themselves. It is vital that we get a clear idea of each student's
ability, confidence and level of acquaintance with the language as soon
Too much too soon prevents the laying down of a sound foundation. Too little
too slowly creates bored students and steadily saps their confidence in
their ability to progress.
Our teachers have been trained to tailor their teaching styles to the individual student's requirements.
People who like to talk, who do not mind repetition, who do not worry about
making mistakes and who have flexible minds are easier to handle. But we
know from experience that there are people who are shy,
who do not like repetition, who do worry about making mistakes, who tend
to try and translate each sentence into their own languages and who are
more interested in the intellectual and cultural fields.
Whichever category you fall into, we can adapt our method to suit you.
Our goal is to develop your abilities as fully as possible and raise your
level in Japanese as far as you are willing to go.