We have rolling admission, and the school year starts in August.
Students ages 3 through 18 with any level of Japanese language proficiency are welcome.
Classes are held on Saturdays from 9AM to 12:30 PM at the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle in West Los Angeles, 2110 Corinth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025.
Experienced, native-speaker teachers provide quality Japanese language education from pre-K through high school.
We also offer elective classes to target areas for improvement, as well as preparation for the Kanji Proficiency exam, Credit Test (foreign language credit for High school students), AP and SAT subject tests.
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Pre K: Kurihara Class • 幼稚部 : 栗原クラス
Students will be introduced to the Japanese school and basic Japanese Language. They will be exposed to Japanese Culture and associated events. The students will learn basic Japanese, written Hiragana, children’s Japanese songs, with hand movements, and crafts.
K & above: Servin Class • サーヴィンクラス
Introducing Japanese culture and national events with fun activities such as children’s Japanese songs, with hand movements, crafts, and so forth. Review Hiragana and learn Katakana. Students will learn how to communicate using basic vocabularies and expression by the end of the year.
Elementary 1: Hayakawa Class • 初級 I : 早川クラス
Students learn how to write words by practicing Hiragana and Katakana using 1st year textbook that Japanese 1st grade students are using in Japan. They learn the rules of words and comprehension by reading and writing using the textbook. They also learn 80 Kanji characters that appear in the textbook using Kanji practice notebooks.
Elementary II: Obara Class • 小原クラス
This class is for Japanese heritage students, who speak Japanese at home. The goal is to learn Japanese which closely matches that of native Japanese. We read selected materials from the 2nd and 3rd grade textbooks that Japanese students use in Japan. We also read a variety of materials such as poems, short stories and Manga etc. in Japanese. At the same time, we review lower grade contents such as Katakana. For Kanji, students are assigned to different classes based on their ability. We also help students prepare for Kanji Kentei, which is the Kanji proficiency exam by the Japanese Kanji Test Association.
Elementary III: Takemori Class • 竹森クラス
This class is for Japanese heritage students, who speak Japanese in the home. This class is tailored for students who were born and raised in America. Their abilities will be improved using suitable textbooks, reading materials and so forth. The goal is to help individual students achieve Japanese proficiency for the future.
Students learn Kanji based upon individual student’s ability. Students can also take Kanji Kentei Tests (a test of Kanji skills) created by the Japanese Kanji Test Association.
Visco Class (Groups I, II & III) • ヴィスコクラス（会話クラス I, II, III）
These are Japanese conversation classes tailored for students who are learning Japanese as a second language. We support students who don’t speak Japanese at home.
Group I and II
These classes are divided by age (elementary students in Group I, and middle and high-school students in Group II). These classes are for beginner students. We start by learning common greetings and proceed gradually to converse in various situations. Proper pronunciation is learned, as well as the development of vocabulary.
In this intermediate class students learn to express themselves in detail, as they strengthen their vocabulary and use more nuanced phrases and advanced grammar.
In all classes, students practice listening, speaking, reading and writing, including Kanji. Japanese culture is woven into the curriculum, as this is a key component to becoming fluent in the language, and being able to master the Japanese communication style.
Intermediate to Advanced: Okada Class I, II • 岡田クラス（I, II）
Group I (Intermediate to Advanced)
This is a conversation class tailored for “Japanese as a second language” students (Japanese not spoken in the home).
Students are able to converse in Japanese in everyday life situations using basic knowledge that they have learned. Some of the study methods we us in class are skits and videos. The goal is for students to be able to correspond in various situation by using their own thinking. To reach the goal, students get acclimated by learning commonly used expressions in everyday life, grammar and Kanji repeatedly. This class is a good size for students to ask questions and speak and actively participate.
Group II (Advance)
This class is for heritage students (Japanese spoken in the home).
The syllabus aims to improve each student’s understanding of Japan, Japanese Language and Japanese culture through intensive studies. Students also learn the mentality of the Japanese people so they can correspond and thrive in both Japanese and American environments.
Both Group I and II Classes: students learn Kanji in different classes based upon individual student’s ability. Students can also take Kanji Kentei Tests (a test of Kanji skills) created by the Japanese Kanji Test Association. Students can also study for the Japanese AP Test, Subject SAT and Credit Test.
Group I (上級I)
Group II（会話 中級から上級）
同時にAP TEST, SUBJECT SAT, CREDIT TEST対応の学習も致します。