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Ascend Education Centre

#08-03, The Adelphi,
1 Coleman Street,
Singapore 179803

MRT Station:
City Hall

Tel: (65) 6338 1378

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Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturdays: 9.00am – 4:00pm
(Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays)



Japanese Course in Singapore


This is the perfect introductory course for adults who want to start learning and speaking Japanese from the start in a positive environment. You do not need to have any prior knowledge of Japanese. Our class size is limited to 10 students maximum, so you will have the time and space to practice your spoken Japanese with our professionally qualified and friendly teacher - Yui from Japan - who will encourage and guide you through the basic conversational phrases and the language structures that underlie communication: Japanese script, vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure.

Knowing the proper way to communicate in Japanese with Yui’s encouragement will give you the self-confidence to speak with a Japanese native speaker. In a nutshell, this course is ideal for anyone wishing to start learning Japanese in a small class with a warm environment where you will have the time and space to practice and perfect your basic Japanese.

This 40-hour course is divided into two 20-hour modules with each module developing a setting for using and improving your basic Japanese communication skills. By the end of the 40-hour course, you will have developed key Japanese language skills necessary to meet the requirements of Level A1 of the JF standard for Japanese Language Education 2010 (A1-C2)

Understand and use common expressions and basic phrases to meet your conversational needs in everyday situations

  • Introduce yourself and others
  • Ask and answer basic questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have
  • Can interact with Japanese native speakers in a simple way

    The first module of 10 two-hour lessons focus on introducing you to the basics of the Japanese language for everyday use and the second module of 10 two-hour lessons focuses on using Japanese in a variety of social situations with an appreciation and awareness of the importance of Japanese culture in communication.

Teacher Profile

Hi! My name is Yui. I was born and raised in Japan. After completing a degree course at Aichi Prefectural University in British and American studies, I worked in Japan for a few years and came to Singapore in November 2017. Meeting new people from different backgrounds has encouraged me to study my own language, then I started to volunteer teaching Japanese. I have teaching experience as a tutor both in Japan and Singapore for more than four years. Now that I have completed all the requirements of Japanese Language Teacher Training Course and passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency (JLTC) Test in 2018, I am very excited to teach students in the classroom. I’m a cheerful and friendly person. The class will be enjoyable with a lot of interaction in a positive mood.

Teaching Methodology & Materials

Yui, your teacher, has selected two topic-based course books from the Marugoto series which is based on the JF standard for Japanese Language Education. This series uses authentic materials and motivating learner-centred activities for classroom learning as well as self-study. You will receive two course books: Katsudoo & Rikai which will be used together.

These two course books offer learning in both Japanese language and culture so you will see the similarities and differences between Japanese culture and your own culture. The Katsudoo coursebook is focused on providing you with practice activities for everyday social situations. You will do a lot of listening and speaking using this course book for practicing in everyday situations.

The Rikai coursebook is focused on improving your language awareness of Japanese script, vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure.
This balanced approach in using two course books will help you to improve your overall Japanese proficiency and give you more confidence in using Japanese.

Course Syllabus

Divided up into 20 easy to understand lessons of two hours each, the first 10 lessons focus on introducing you to the basic Japanese you need to talk about yourself and the second ten lessons focus more on social interactions with others and the importance of appreciating Japanese culture. Each lesson has two-three specific learning outcomes which are numbered below from 1-50.

Lesson 1Hello Konnichiwa

1 Exchange greetings
2 Recognise Japanese characters

Lesson 2 Would you say that again? Moo ichido onegaishimasu

3 Use basic classroom expressions
4 Write your name and country in Japanese

Lesson 3 Nice to meet you Doozo yoroshiku

5 Give a simple self-introduction
6 Recognise the parts of a business card

Lesson 4 There are three people in my family Kazoku wa san-nin desu

7 Talk briefly about your family
8 Tell someone about your family, using a family photo

Lesson 5 What kind of food do you like? Nani ga suki desu ka

9 Talk about your favorite foods
10 Offer someone a drink
11 Talk about your breakfast

Lesson 6 Where are you going to have lunch today? Doko de tabemasu ka

12 Say what your favorite dish is
13 Talk with a friend about where to go for lunch
14 Read a menu
15 Order food and drinks at a hamburger shop

Lesson 7 There are three rooms in my home Heya ga mittsu arimasu

16 Say what kind of home you live in
17 Say what you have in your home
18 Write an E-mail inviting someone to your home

Lesson 8 It's a nice room Ii heya desu ne

19 Ask/Say where to put things in the room
20 Visit / Welcome a friend
21 Show someone around your home
22 Recognise the name and address on signs

Lesson 9 What time do you get up? Nan-ji ni okimasu ka

23 Say the time you do something
24 Talk about your daily routine

Lesson 10 Mini-Quiz – review what you have learnt!

Lesson 11 When is convenient for you? Itsu ga ii desu ka

25 Talk about your schedule for this week
26 Talk about when to have a party
27 Write a birthday card

Lesson 12 What's your hobby? Shumi wa nan desu ka

28 Talk about your hobbies
29 Talk about what you do on your days off

Lesson 13 Shall we go together? Issho ni ikimasen ka

30 Recognise information on posters and calendars for events
31 Say whether or not you will attend an event
32 Talk about whether or not you can go out with your friend

Lesson 14 How are you going to get there? Doo yatte ikimasu ka

33 Recognise station and taxi signs
34 Show a taxi driver a note and say your destination
35 how to get to a particular destination

Lesson 15 It's a famous temple Yuumeena otera desu

36 Say how to get to a destination, using a map
37 Say where you are now over the phone
38 Recognise opening/closing times on shop noticeboards

Lesson 16 Cute! Kawaii!

39 Talk about what you want to buy
40 Talk about where to shop for something you want

Lesson 17 I'll take this Kore kudasai

41 Make a brief comment on things in a shop
42 Read prices
43 Do some shopping

Lesson 18 It was fun Tanoshikatta desu

44 Read a short blog
45 Say what you did on your days off
46 Say briefly what you thought about your days off
47 Write a short blog about your days off

Lesson 19 I would like to visit Kyoto next time Tsugi wa Kyooto ni ikitai desu

48 Read a simple E-mail
49 Say what you did on your travels
50 Say where you want to go next time

Lesson 20 Mini Quiz and Japanese Cultural Class Celebration

5. Course Admission & Modes of Payment

Step 1: Decide if you want to enrol by completing the Application Form

To apply for admission, you need to fill in a simple application form and pay for your course fee
You can choose to pay for the entire course (Modules 1-2) upfront or you can pay in two installments. Please note there is $100 discount for those who pay for the entire course up front.

Modes of Payment for Application & Course fee

We are happy to offer you the following choices for your mode of payment:
Cash, NETS, TT, Credit Card, SGD Crossed Cheque, made payable to: ‘Ascend Education Centre Pte Ltd’. *Please note there is a 2% Credit Card Processing Fee on all payments by Credit Card.

6. Receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of Course

You will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance by Ascend upon fulfilling the attendance requirement of 75% or above by the end of the course. If you are not able to attend class for a medical or work-related reason, please do inform us in advance so we can notify your teacher. Please note that there are no make-up lessons for lessons missed. Please do inform your teacher in advance if you know you are going to miss a class, so your teacher can update you on what will be done in the class you miss.

Japanese Course Schedule 2019

Certificate in Japanese for Beginners (A1)

Start Date & End Date Days
Contact Hours
Teacher Student Ratio
Course Fee
11 July –21 Nov

19:00 – 21:00
40 Hours
  1. S$900


Certificate in Japanese for Beginners (Module 1)

Start Date & End Date Days
Contact Hours
Teacher Student Ratio
Course Fee
11 July – 12 Sep

19:00 – 21:00
20 Hours


Certificate in Japanese for Beginners (Module 2)

Start Date & End Date Days
Contact Hours
Teacher Student Ratio
Course Fee
19 Sep – 21 Nov

19:00 – 21:00
20 Hours


Ascend Education Centre
#08-03, The Adelphi,
1 Coleman Street, Singapore 179803
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