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Welcome 

みなさんこんにちは! I'm Ken Sensei.

Hi! My name is Ken. I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. My students call me Ken Sensei because "sensei" means "teacher" in Japanese. I was an English teacher in Tokyo for 4 years at a cram school before I became a Japanese teacher in the U.S. I started teaching Japanese professionally in 2015. I have had more than 9000 lessons and over 450 students in the last 6 years of teaching online.

TYpe of classes

1 on 1 Lesson  Requirement: Ability to read Hiragana and Katakana  $30 per class

If you...
- want to learn/review grammar, we can start from level 2, 5, or 11 on PERAPERA WORLD
Textbook: GENKI 1 & 2 & とびら
- have studied grammar but are still not very confident with speaking yet, we can start from level 3, 6, or 8 on PERAPERA WORLD
Textbook: GENKI 1 & 2 & とびら
- want to pass the JLPT exam, I can support you for N5 - N2 
Textbook: 日本語(にほんご)総(そう)まとめ & 新完全(しんかんぜん)マスター (Grammar and Reading)

Group Lesson  Requirement: Completed GENKI 1 or equivalent  10 Classes for $180

Next Semester

  • September 2022

Class Size

  • Minimum 2 students and up to 4 students. You will be added to the class based on when you sign up. If there are not enough people to make one group, you will be placed on the waitlist for the next semester and given priority. So please book quickly!

Class Fee

  • $18 per class. ($180 to be paid up-front for 10 classes) *If you are unable to attend a class for any reason, you will not be refunded that amount.

During the class

  1. Small Talk

  2. You will learn some awkward/interesting expressions from the book

  3. You and your partner will “act” out the dialogue.

Homework

  • You will memorize and practice the dialogues with your partner with the audio before the class.

  • Communicate with your classmate in Japanese on the LINE app everyday.

Note

  • If you can’t make it to class, the class will be recorded and shared.

  • This is a semester style class and each semester will be 10 classes. 

  • There are 2 levels

    • Beginner (N5) to Lower Intermediate (N4) 

      • 📗Textbook (There’s an old edition but we’ll use the new edition)

    • Upper Intermediate (N3) to Advanced (N2/N1)

“It’s easier to stay motivated with other learners and you can make friends. Most importantly, it’s more fun! So don’t worry about making mistakes and just enjoy it!”

-Ken Sensei

Why Group Lesson? 

It’s been more than 6 years since I became a Japanese teacher professionally and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. However, there has always been a common struggle amongst my students. They can’t use the grammar from the textbook in conversation. I have been looking for a way to help my students. I spent the last few years trying different things like “Bootcamp”, new textbooks, and “Grammar in conversation class”. But, they still aren’t enough! So I tried the same method as what I tried when I studied English. That is memorizing phrases!

As a lot of you know, before I studied abroad in Washington in 2008 I couldn’t speak English at all. The only English words and phrases I knew were, “Thank you,” and, “Hello”.  The first thing I did was memorize phrases. I brought a daily English phrase calendar with me to the US. I spent about 2 - 3 hours a day memorizing 365 phrases and used them with my roommates constantly. After 3 months, I noticed I was able to understand what my roommates were saying! That was a huge moment for me. Because there's a conversation pattern once you master it, having a conversation will be very easy. For example, when you want to say “Hey it’s been a while, how have you been?” to your friend in Japanese, we’d say, “ひさしぶり!げんき?” That’s what most of the native Japanese speakers would say. Or if you want to say, “It takes time” we’d say “時間がかかります'' formally or “時間かかる” casually. Like that! I can confidently say that memorizing phrases works! I understand that memorization alone is not that fun which is why I created this course.


The textbook we will use has hilarious Dialogues that show how to use common phrases in conversation. Students will act out those dialogues while having fun and learning the material.

Certifications

Completed training course for teaching Japanese as a foreign language
The World Japanese Language Centre

December 2015 - April 2016

The 420 hour Advanced Japanese Teacher Training Course 

The World Japanese Language Centre

November 2016