Course and Curriculum

Course Outlines and Feature

Course Period1 year course, 18month course, and 2 year course
By learning Japanese to achieve the target level of Japanese proficiency in each course through four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking and doing optional study based on individual goals, students will have gained sufficient Japanese language proficiency to proceed to the next level of education or business career at the completion of each course.

1.Acquire proficiency in natural Japanese

Students acquire proficiency in natural expression of speaking Japanese for use in both normal communication and a variety of everyday situations, through oral and written practice starting at introductory level.

2.Optional study based on individual goals

For College 
Training for writing and making a speech to acquire a logical way of thinking and an expression skill Providing training individually to prepare for the entrance examination such as how to write a statement of purpose or practicing for an interview. Preparation for EJU “Japanese”, “Overall subjects”, and “Math”.

For Graduate school
Providing techniques for getting lab information and training for an interview or writing a research plan to go in to a graduate school.See messages
Preparation for the Japanese Proficiency Test (N1, N2)

For technical college
To prepare for practical trainings, practice of taking notes while listening and of working while communicating with each other. Individual training for an interview and how to write an essay in application form before the entrance examination.
Preparation for the Japanese Proficiency Test (N1, N2)
Preparation for EJU “Japanese”

For employment
Study for higher level of Japanese to acquire presentation skills which are required in business situation. Preparation for BJT in Business Japanese Class.
Preparation for employment such as how to write an application sheet or practice for an interview
Preparation for the Japanese Proficiency Test (N1, N2)

Kanji class
Students from countries that don’t use Kanji, learn in a class which matches their levels.

3.Small Class Sizes (15 people or less) , Class tutor system,

Class sizes are limited to about 15 students. Individual instructors can focus on the needs of each student through having a chance to interview regularly.


Kanji Class in YMCA You have never seen Kanji? Don’t worry about it!

The Kobe YMCA College Japanese teacher, Keiko Mitsui

We provide Kanji Class for students from countries that don't use kanji. For those students, whether they understand Kanji is the key for improving Japanese.Just take the class, so Kanji will not be a big issue anymore! Don't worry about it.

Kanji is difficult, but I am impressed how much I have improved!
I also tried Japanese Calligraphy.

Training to write essays in the beginner’s class

Kobe YMCA College Japanese Department Japanese teacher  Kaoru Nishiuma

Logical writing is required in colleges and graduate schools.We place emphasis on writing from the beginner's class.Students improve their writing skill with a unique study method that YMCA developed!

Class for entering graduate school

安 文婷 さん(中国)
I have prepared to go to graduate school by myself from March, and started to study in class for entering graduate school since May. Teachers are supportive in the way they teach me how to write an email or a research plan required by a graduate school. I could make my research goal clear and its content became more specific thanks to them. Now I am preparing to take the entrance exam for College of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University. I will do my best!