Japanese Class / 日本語教室

The Japanese language class was established shortly after the founding of the Ito Association for International Relations (IAIR). Initially, it was started to assist foreigners living in Ito by offering support through Japanese language learning. Students who come to the classroom include those who have married Japanese individuals, those who have come to Japan for training, those who have started working in Japan, as well as their children, among others. As of the end of 2020, the total number of students who have attended the classroom is over 1,000.


The teachers range from those who hold qualifications in Japanese language education, volunteers who want to assist foreigners living in Japan even in a small way, to those who are interested in interacting with foreigners, from young individuals to veterans. Classes are held for a total of six hours a week over two days. Many students who have taken the Japanese Language Proficiency Test have also passed. Apart from classes, various extracurricular activities such as an annual bus hike are also conducted. Everyone is welcome to the classroom at any time. The teachers are eagerly awaiting your visit.


Fee / 費用:

100 yen per lesson / 1レッスン 100円

Class schedule / 開催日時:

Mondays / 毎週月曜日   10:00~11:30   13:00~14:30
Thursdays / 毎週木曜日  10:00~11:30   13:00~14:30

Class Target / 学習目標:

Classes are conducted primarily on a one-on-one basis, tailored to the students’ Japanese language proficiency levels, ranging from beginner to advanced. Students learn basic Japanese grammar while acquiring communication skills equivalent to daily conversation. Those aiming for advanced levels focus on preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test to pass it.

初級、中級、上級というように、生徒の日本語能力に応じて指導 原則的にマンツーマン方式にての授業、日本語の基本的文法を学習しながら日常会話程度のコミュニケーション能力の習得、さらに上級を目指すものは日本語能力検定試験の学習、合格を目指します。

Text book / 教材:
  • 「みんなの日本語」初級 Ⅰ、Ⅱ : “Everyone’s Japanese”  Beginner I, II
  • 「中級から始める日本語」:  “Japanese from intermediate level”
  • 「上級の日本語」: “Advanced Japanese”
  • 「漢字マスター 3級漢字500」: “Kanji Master   Level 3 Kanji 500”
  • 「漢字マスター 2級漢字1000」: “Kanji Master   Level 2 Kanji 1000”
  • 「漢字マスター 1級漢字2000」: “Kanji Master   Level 1 Kanji 2000”
  • 「日本語能力試験 対策項目整理」各1級、2級、3級 他: “Japanese-Language Proficiency Test   Arrangement of countermeasure items ” Level 1, 2, 3, etc.

Lesson / 授業:

The students and teachers in the Japanese language classroom conduct their sessions on a one-on-one basis, typically with two teachers assigned to each student to avoid relying solely on one teacher’s teaching style. This is done to prevent bias towards one teacher’s methods.

日本語教室の生徒と先生は1:1のマンツーマンで行っており、原則として一人の生徒に対し、先生は二人で受け持ち、一人の先生に固定しないようにしています。 一人の先生からの教え方に偏るのを避ける為です。

During the International Friendship Festival in ITO, students from the Japanese language classroom present speeches in Japanese. At this event, teachers review the content of the speeches, point out areas for improvement, and support the students to deliver better speeches.


In addition to in-class lessons, extracurricular classes are also held.


Improving the level of teachers / 先生方のレベルアップ:

Teachers attend workshops conducted by qualified instructors who have already obtained teaching credentials to enhance their Japanese language teaching abilities. These workshops are held approximately twice a year and focus on explaining teaching points and methods while dissecting teaching materials used for instructing students.