Learning Business Japanese at Linguage Japanese Language School
Learning business Japanese is one big hurdle on the way to living and working in Japan. When studying words and grammar points, Japanese Keigo can quickly seem complicated and overwhelming. The key to overcoming this state and reaching proficiency in business level in Japanese is learning about both, language aspects as well as situation-specific practical skills. Having an experienced teacher to guide you, certainly doesn’t hurt either, which is why we below we will also introduce Linguage Japanese Language School.
The two sides of learning Business Japanese
You will be faced with two challenges when it comes to learning business Japanese.
The first issue is business Japanese, the language aspect.
Even if you don’t plan to start your job search or a new job in the immediate future, improving your language skills will pay off in the long run. Being able to express yourself fluently and to really express what you want to convey will help to set yourself apart from other foreign applicants.
The second issue are business manners or the question of practical application.
Pure language skills alone are not enough. For one, you need to also know cultural norms and business rules to choose your words appropriate to the situation. Then, there are practical skills like how to write a Japanese resume, correct interview preparation, and etiquette, which are necessary to succeed during the job-hunting process.
Japanese Language Schools can solve the first issue, by teaching you the right words and grammar but you will still need to learn how to appropriately apply your language skills in real-life business situations.
This is simply because general Japanese language courses are tailored to increase overall Japanese skills, thus don’t focus on teaching the details of workplace Japanese.
Students with JLPT 2 or more can study learn Keigo in advanced courses or special business Japanese classes. These classes also focus on language and grammar, often conveying little more than the basics when it comes to Japanese business manner and necessary job-hunting skills. This can leave students to feel insufficiently prepared when having to figure out how to appropriately use what they learned in real-life situations.
Linguage Japanese Language School
Linguage Japanese Language School is different from other schools in that it exclusively specializes in teaching business Japanese, equipping students with both the language and practical skills necessary to master job search and work life in Japan.
5 pillars of Learning
1. Dual focus on Japanese language skills and business etiquette
An integrated curriculum combining both language and practical training helps students not only to improve their Japanese level but gives them the practical skills to apply their knowledge in real-life situations by deepening the understanding of cultural and business rules.
2. Business Japanese instruction by Experienced Teachers
Teachers are trained and experienced in helping foreigners at Japanese companies. Thus, students can learn business Japanese and manners that are useful in business settings, while also gaining insights into various business situations.
3. Integrated teaching, using iPads and cloud services
Classes are conducted using iPads, with all books and coursework in one place. This allows students to connect in the classroom, but also submit homework online and conveniently study anywhere and anytime.
4. Employment and Job hunting support
From self-analysis, over how to write a convincing self-PR (自己PR) to job interview practice, staff supports students every step of the way throughout their job search in Japan.
5. Centrally located in Shinjuku
Known as Tokyo’s busiest station, Shinjuku is also a lively business area. With easy access to all parts of town, it’s a convenient base to pursue part-time work or internships outside of school hours.
Courses at Linguage Japanese Language School teach skills in three main areas.
1. Japanese language and Culture
The Japanese classes cover all the basics like grammar, reading and listening comprehension, composition writing, pronunciation and more. They are designed to give you a firm grasp of the fundamentals of the language as well as the cultural context, and eventually lead up to business level.
2. Business Japanese and Communication
In terms of business education, Linguage Japanese Language School trains students using methods such as speeches, mock conferences and case studies in addition to teaching honorifics, manners, business culture, and humble speech. This way, students learn and gain confidence in communication skills for professional settings.
3. Employment support
Lastly, Employment support covers training of self-analysis, self-promotion, corporate research, CV preparation, and job interviews. This part of the curriculum teaches the necessary skills to find a job in Japan.
Lessons are conducted using iPads. Each student is being provided with an iPad to access textbooks, complete class assignments, take tests, as well as to do homework online. In addition to making it easy to exchange information with teachers and classmates the use of iPads also allows students to review and prepare for lessons in their spare time, be it at home or on the train.
Courses and Tuition
As already stated, there are two types of courses:
|1-year course||Students with intermediate Japanese ability (from JLPT N3 level)|
|1.5-year course||Students with elementary Japanese ability (from JLPT N4 level)|
Classes take part in four sessions each day, Monday to Friday. Enrollment is possible from either April or October.
For these long-term courses, students need a study abroad visa. Because of the time it takes to complete all the necessary paperwork, application deadlines are set at the following times of the year:
|Start of enrollment||Application deadline|
|October||Middle to end of May of the same year|
|April||Middle to End of November of the previous year|
Aside from these long-term courses that require a student visa, it is also possible to arrange classes for shorter time-periods and based on student’s individual needs at any time of the year.
■ Students can join classes short-term, for 1-3 months.
■ Private or group lessons can also be arranged at request.
To inquire about one of these two options, contact the staff at Linguage Japanese Language School directly with your desired schedule. For more information on the school, classes and tuition, check the pamphlet, the website, or look them up on Twitter.
Various schools teach business Japanese, but few offer as much support as Linguage Japanese Language School. If you’re set on your goal to move to Japan and work here in the future, it’s an ideal entry point. Make your time count and start realizing your dream!
Interested? Download the pamphlet for more information regarding the school, application procedure, and course contents.