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Lesson style

Since it is a small Japanese language school, the atmosphere is very cozy and relaxed. Due to the small-group instructions,
the teachers can accurately grasp the students’ level and help them to enhance their Japanese language ability efficiently.
When necessary, we use English as support for the beginners and the intermediate students so that they will have less stress.

Indirect Method・・・・

There are direct method and indirect method to teach a language. Direct method is instructional method using only Japanese, whereas the indirect method is instructional method using vehicular languages. In large scale Japanese language schools, they use direct method since there are students of various nationalities. We take the advantage of a small school and use English efficiently as a vehicular language to teach Japanese, especially for the beginners.

Cases often seen in other schools

They teach with only using Japanese, resulting students not to be able to understand the specific parts and making them easy to forget the contents.
We use English efficiently as vehicular language in classes. Language is not only about memorizing but also to understand why Japanese speakers use that specific grammatical expression. Therefore, it is very important to use English and explain to resolve the questions that they raise. Of course the amount of the English will decrease as students promote to advanced levels and will fully utilize the Japanese that was covered in the previous classes. In addition, to learn a second language is not just about learning the language itself but also learning the culture and the differences of customs. Therefore, we pick up Japanese customs and culture in class so that the students will be able to understand the different cultures more deeply.
Classes that focuses on grammar
In large scale Japanese language schools, majority of the learners try to get into Japanese universities or vocational college and the target is to pass the administration test. Therefore, they tend to focus too much on grammar. We teach Japanese not just from academic perspective, but also as a tool of communication so that the students can have a more comfortable stay in Japan. In order to make you stay in Japan with more convenience, we would like to help you resolve the questions that arise during your stay. Please share any problems you have experienced in Japan.
We invite Sado (tea ceremony), Kado (flower arrangement), Shodo (calligraphy) teachers and to provide experience of Japanese traditional cultures. In order encourage friendship and usage of the knowledge that they gained during the class, we plan Japanese language learning trip within Japan or Japanese food party. Let’s learn Japanese and Japanese custom at the same time!

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The best course for you

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We have a very careful interview with each student. We ask about your educational background, your proficiency targets and the times you are available. We then assess your grammar, knowledge of Kanji and conversational proficiency in order to devise the most suitable plan for you.

Acquiring Beginner’s Japanese

Content

  • Daily phrases
  • Corresponding to the scenes necessary in daily life
  • Nouns, adjectives and verbs essential for daily life Approximately 1,000 words

  • This course is for those who have never learned Japanese or have forgotten most of what they studied in the past. We teach basic grammar, vocabulary and natural pronunciation here.
  • We teach simple daily phrases so that you can go shopping, eat out and use public transportation.
  • We also teach essential information such as manners, culture and customs, in English.

Listening
  • greetings
  • time and measurements
  • listening for beginner-level vocabulary
Speaking
  • self-introduction
  • shopping and ordering in restaurants
  • seeing the doctor and using transportation.
Reading
  • hiragana
  • katakana
  • kanji (~300)
Writing
  • hiragana
  • katakana
  • kanji (~300)

 Japanese for everyone-Elementary Level I, Japanese for Busy People Ⅰ, etc.
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Acquiring post-beginner’s Japanese

Content

  • Using various verbs
  • Casual and formal Japanese
  • Approximately 1,500 words

  • This course is designed for those who are equipped with the ability to perform basic greetings and self-introductions, as well as the ability to read simple vocabulary in hiragana.
  • We teach the basics, and then gradually shift to real-life Japanese. You will be able to differentiate between the usage of casual and formal Japanese.
  • You will be able to describe issues in detail and convey your own thoughts.

Listening
  • shopping conversations
  • Japanese songs
  • radio and TV advertisements
Speaking
  • introducing your family
  • honorifics and humble language
  • asking and giving permission
Reading
  • newspaper advertisements and magazines
  • Japanese folklore
  • lyrics
Writing
  • composition of more than 400 words
  • diaries
  • kanji(300 ~ 500)

 Japanese for everyone-Elementary Level Ⅱ, Japanese for Busy People Ⅱ, etc. 
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Acquiring Intermediate Japanese

Content

  • Japanese current affairs
  • intransitive verbs・transitive verbs
  • Approximately 2,000 words

  • This course is for those who want to grasp the sense of language and the rhythm of Japanese, and be able to speak in a natural tone.
  • You will be able to communicate and express appropriately with correct sentence structure. You will learn basic sentence patterns and expressions and articulate/write accordingly. You will be able to understand some of the Japanese on newspapers and TV.

Listening
  • interviews
  • socializing in the community
  • discussion
Speaking
  • role plays in various scenarios
  • formal speeches
Reading
  • newspaper topics
  • essays
  • comprehending long sentences
Writing
  • composition of more than 1,200 words
  • letters and cards
  • kanji (500 ~ 1500)

 Japanese for everyone-Intermediate LevelⅠ&Ⅱ, Japanese for Busy People Ⅲ, newspapers, magazines, books, etc.
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Acquiring Advanced Japanese

Contents

  • Practical expressions in Japanese business scenarios
  • Japanese expressions concerning current issues
  • Smooth communication
  • Accurate transmission of information

We teach about customs, how to communicate smoothly with Japanese business partners, and essential expression patterns in order to establish a firm trust in business relationships. We strongly recommend this course to those who:

  • Want to establish a good relationship with Japanese business partners.
  • Want to make an impressive speech in and out of the company in official situations.
  • Want to master business writing.
  • Want to be able to make a presentation in Japanese.
  • Want to practice job interviews in Japanese in order to enter a Japanese company.
  • Want to take a Japanese certificate test.

Listening
  • common expressions
  • news
  • business and telephone expressions
Speaking
  • presentations on specific themes
  • discussions regarding newspaper topics and social issues
Reading
  • summarising books and magazines
  • newspaper topics
  • novels
  • essays
Writing
  • business correspondence
  • reports and business documents
  • Over 1500 kanji

 Authentic Japanese – Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced, Practical Business Japanese Conversation, newspapers, magazines, books, etc.
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Our Teachers

Masumu Goto

Masumu Goto

Masumu Goto is from Yokohama. After graduating from Hosei University in Japan (having obtained a Level 1 Middle School Social Studies teaching permit), he worked in Tokyo for around three years and moved to New Zealand. He volunteered at Sacred Heart High School in Napier City as a teacher of Japanese language and culture for one year. After returning to Japan, he taught English at a cram school. The following year, he enrolled at Massey University in New Zealand, and gained a postgraduate diploma of secondary school teaching (specialising in Japanese). After graduation, he worked as a full-time Japanese teacher at Edgewater College, a high school in Auckland. During his thirteen years of teaching there, he taught over 1500 students in total. In addition to managing classroom activities as a homeroom teacher, he was the coach of the gymnastics club. Throughout this time he also studied extramurally through the Massey University Graduate School, obtaining a “Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration”. He returned to Japan in 2010 after having lived in New Zealand for 16 years. He then worked at an international school in Tokyo for three years before founding KIWI Education Centre and opening the KIWI Japanese Class as a part of his education business.

Hobbies

  • running
    Masumu has been running for 20 years. "Running is not just good for the body, it is also good for coming up with ideas, so I can kill two birds with one stone!"
  • Karate
    He attends a karate dojo 2-3 days every week. "Not only do I move my body, but I use my voice so karate is terrific for relieving stress!"

Greetings

Welcome to the port of Yokohama. Our school, which is in Honmoku, is near places full of lush greenery such as Sankeien Garden (a Japanese garden) and Honmoku-sancho Park. Conveniently, an international school and a large shopping centre (Aeon Honmoku branch) are nearby as well. Our school’s motto is "Care for the individual needs of the students". A lesson that I learned during my 15 years as a teacher is that "teaching is learning". By teaching Japanese, I still have students that I keep in touch with, and this is the greatest delight for me. This joy sustains me in my teaching, which is my true calling. While living in New Zealand, I myself had to overcome cultural differences and adjust to the local lifestyle. Having had this experience as a foreigner, I am able to stand in your shoes, and understand differences in the way that people of different cultures think. Through that experience, I hope to support you and make your stay in Japan as comfortable as possible.

Students’ Voices

  • Mr Goto has been our fun, patient & inspiring Japanese teacher for 4 years. We really enjoy your every class at Edgewater College, here in Auckland. You made learning Japanese easy for us by applying what we learnt to daily use. You also taught us to cook Japanese foods and sing Sukiyaki song. We appreciate your friendship.

    S & Y.K

  • Mr Goto is an amazing teacher who cares deeply about helping others. He is also a very patient and understanding man. Mr Goto teaches at a pace that suits everyone and ensures that no one is left behind. By having Mr Goto as your teacher you will be able to achieve your goals in learning excellent English or Japanese. Mr Goto makes learning fun, exciting and enjoyable.
    He makes you feel confident and capable no matter your learning style.

    K .M

  • If you want to learn Japanese, you should definitely learn from Mr. Goto. He is polite, friendly, patient, and you won’t find a better teacher than him. I spent one year in Japan and what Mr. Goto taught me gave me the skills to become a fluent speaker. He can help you speak without an accent, teach you the most important words and grammar your need to have a conversation, and he teaches hiragana, katakana, and kanji in a way you can remember each character. Being able to speak Japanese (and read a little) definitely makes your time in Japan a time you will never forget, and Mr. Goto is the best person to do that.

    O.B

  • During my time at High School I had the privilege of having Goto Sensei as my Japanese teacher. Mr Goto was my favourite teacher at High School and Japanese was my favourite subject. Mr Goto made Japanese fun to learn. Goto Sensei is an amazing teacher, very friendly and patient, making it easy to learn. I would like to thank Goto Sensei for helping me become competent in Japanese language and culture. I would highly recommend Goto Sensei to anyone interested in learning Japanese.

    G.C

  • Mr Goto is an excellent teacher who has excellent rapport with his students. He explains difficult concepts by using fun examples and engaging games. The fun element in Mr Goto’s lessons made the work easy to learn. He was a knowledgeable teacher who has the respect of staff and students alike. He also cares about his students which makes it easy to learn from him.

    D.Y