Course Description


The purpose of the Practical Conversation Course is to develop oral communication skills and to enable students to enjoy the life in Japan more richly and independently. In order to achieve this goal, the curriculum is structured for practical situations that students would likely encounter in their daily lives in Japan. Levels 1 through 5 can be completed in 4 weeks per level; however, Level 5 can be extended for up to 16 weeks. Course 20 of the Practical Conversation Course provides an elective class for everyday that students have class. This is recommended for those who wish to improve reading and writing skills.

Open monthly course 01



Original Textbook


The original textbook for the Practical Conversation Course is structured with situations that students would likely encounter in their daily lives in Japan. Along with teaching practical vocabulary and expressions useful in the real world, the textbook visually illustrates grammatical structures (the Ezoe method of teaching grammar) to enhance efficient learning and understanding.


Small Group Class Lessons

The maximum number of students per class is 12. The friendly teachers at KAI provide for a welcoming atmosphere and provide individual attention to each of the students. The lessons are conducted mainly through group work and maximizes students’ conversational practices.



Small Steps

The goal of a lesson each day at KAI is made clear to help set focus and build upon students’ knowledge. The curriculum is constructed with units of a week. ((week-long units?)) Students can complete each level by finishing 4 units. Students have homework every day and a review test every week. By building understanding through small steps, students are sure to realize that they are making steady progress.

In the level Upper 5, students complete each unit for a week and are given homework every unit, not every day. It is possible to study in Upper 5 for up to 16 weeks.



Elective Classes (reading, writing, and cultural understanding)

For those who also wish to learn reading, writing, and culture, the practical conversation course has a 50-minute elective class every day. Classes include writing (hiragana, katakana and kanji), reading comprehension, dictation, vocabulary, etc. Students can choose their electives based on their reading and writing levels. In addition, Japanese cultural experiences (tea ceremony, calligraphy, origami, sushi making, etc.) as well as cultural understanding classes (religion, hot springs, Japanese cuisine, etc.) are offered.



Student progress is evaluated by weekly review tests, a final interview test, and class performance as well as the attendance rate and homework submission rate. A result of 70% or higher is necessary to advance to the next level.



Course Information

1 Lesson Lessons per week Class size Time
Course 15
50 minutes 15 Max 12 9:00-11:50
Course 20
20 9:00-12:50
    *Lesson time differs depending on the level.
    *Elective classes are chosen based on the result of the placement test on the first day.
    *The lesson time also depends on the elective classes.



Level 1 – Tokyo Experience –

This level is for absolute beginners. In this level, students learn basic Japanese communication skills used in Tokyo. They can use what they’ve learned that day immediately in town. They practice conversations for the situations includes such as fast-food restaurants, restaurants, shopping, etc.
Japanese level: Absolute beginner to JLPT N5 (listening level)



Level 2 – Enjoying Tokyo Life –

In this level, students learn Japanese communication skills that will make their life in Tokyo more comfortable. They learn conversations to more fully enhance the quality of life in Japan. These topics include: making invitations to friends, going to public places, asking for more detailed explanations, etc.
Japanese level: JLPT N5 to N4 (listening level)



Level 3 – Talking with Various People –

In this level, students learn Japanese communication skills to speak appropriately depending on time, place, and occasion. Situations include talking with Japanese friends and people they meet on a trip, etc.
Japanese level: JLPT N4 (listening level)



Level 4 – Thoughts and Feelings About Daily Life –

In this level, students learn to express their ideas, opinions or feelings about various topics of daily life. They also learn to develop conversational skills to explain situations and make proposals.
Japanese level: JLPT N4 to N3 (listening level). Able to read hiragana and katakana.



Level 5 – Mastering Discussions –

In this level, students learn to build smooth personal relationships using Japanese. They practice understanding underlying feelings and situations in conversation for deeper communication, and they learn expressions to make their feelings and situations better understood.
Japanese level: JLPT N3 (listening level). Able to read hiragana and katakana.



Level Upper 5 – Becoming a connoisseur of Japan –

In this level, students learn to talk about social topics of Japan and express their opinions. They also learn how to utilize complex vocabulary and expressions found in essays, stories, movies, etc. In addition to this, they practice to broaden and deepen the content of their conversations through various exercises such as role playing, discussions, etc.
Japanese level: JLPT N3 to N2 (reading and writing level). Kanji: 300 to 500 characters.






Start Date
End Date
Application Deadline
Jan. Jan. 23 Feb. 17 Jan. 13
Feb. Feb. 20 Mar. 17 Feb. 10
Mar. Mar. 20 Apr. 14 Mar. 10
Apr. Apr. 17 May 12 Apr. 7
May May 15 Jun. 9 May 2
Jun. Jun. 12 Jul. 7 Jun. 2
Jul. Summer Courses
Aug. (3 weeks) Summer Courses
Aug. (1 week) Aug. 28 Sep. 1 Aug. 18
Sep. Sep. 4 Sep. 29 Aug. 25
Oct. Oct. 2 Oct. 27 Sep. 22
Nov. Oct. 30 Nov. 24 Oct. 20
Dec. Nov. 27 Dec. 22 Nov. 17


Course Registration Tuition
(per week)
Early Bird
(per level)
Practical Conversation Course 15 10,000 25,000 22,000 2,000
Practical Conversation Course 20 32,000 28,000

*Course 20  is Course 15 coupled with one additional reading & writing lesson every day.

*The materials fee of Level 6 is 3,564 yen and Level 7 is 2,052 or 4,104 yen.

*Each session (level) of the Practical Conversation Course (Levels 1 through 5) is completed in 4 weeks while Levels 6 and 7 are completed in 16 weeks ((each?)).

*The Early Bird Discount is applicable if booking is completed 3 months prior to the start date.



WAVE’s  Fee:

$350.00 USD Application Handling &  pre-departure orientation service fee