Kumon Japanese Language Program

Perfect for anyone who wants to study at their own pace.

School Highlights

  • Study at your own pace at home or your local Kumon center

  • Proven method means you'll build a solid foundation of Japanese

  • This is one of the cheapest language learning options out there

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Location

Online

About

A global phenomenon, the Kumon method was started back in the 1950s by math teacher Toru Kumon. The popular program is centered on convenient self-learning facilitated by Japanese instructors. You can either study at home with the correspondence course, or you can visit a Kumon language center in your local area.

Whichever you choose, learning follows the same fundamental procedure: you work through the worksheets at your level (determined by an initial 30-minute diagnostic test) while listening to and repeating after the audio, and answering the questions. Then once you’re ready, you submit the worksheets to your instructor. You’ll go through the worksheets together and have a short conversation about a related topic to help you practice.

The learning materials are lined up in incremental steps from beginner to intermediate levels. By learning on a step-by-step basis, you avoid repeating the same mistakes and can build a solid foundation of Japanese. Best of all, you can hit the books whenever you want but still easily track your progress–ideal for those too busy to attend a regular class.

The great thing about Kumon is that it caters to a ton of varied abilities. Living in Japan, you might have great listening and conversation skills but you haven’t had much chance to practice writing. Or maybe you’re a whizz at katakana but can’t get your kanji strokes in the right order. This is why a lot of students who’ve unsuccessfully tried to learn Japanese before find that Kumon works so well for them.

Courses

Correspondence Course

This course is for those who are busy with housework, work and raising children. We recommend this course if you wish to study at home or there are no Kumon Centers near to where you live.

After completing the worksheets at home, you’ll send them to your instructor by post and have them graded. You will then receive the graded worksheets sent back with advice from the instructor.

In addition to these, you can take the reading lessons provided online (no additional fee is required).  The lessons are held live twice a month, about 20 minutes per lesson. With your instructor, you will receive one-on-one instructions in oral reading and they will give you tips on things like pronunciation. If necessary, your instructor will communicate in your native language so that you can get the most out of your study.

Fees:

Monthly Tuition

High School Students and older
16 years old and above
¥9,720

Junior high School Students
13 – 15 years old
¥8,640

Elementary School Students
12 years old and younger
¥7,560

Class Course

Kumon Centers are usually open two days a week, and the hours differ among the Centers. During the Center hours, you can go there and study at any time that is convenient for you.

At the Center you will study for about 30 to 60 minutes. After the class, you will receive your homework and continue your studies at home until the next Center day.

Fees:

Monthly Tuition

High School Students and older
16 years old and above
¥8,640

Junior high School Students
13 – 15 years old
¥7,560

Elementary School Students
12 years old and younger
¥6,480

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Kumon Japanese Language Program, Online

Phone Number: 0120-494-625

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