SILAC - Short Intensive Language Acquisition Course

    Breakdown of SILAC Course

    The following chart details the progression of a SILAC course if one was to start at a level of zero Japanese. This does not mean that all students who come to YAMASA will be enrolled at a beginner level as the level that you are admitted at is dependent on the results of your placement test (i.e. you may be placed in an intermediate level upon arrival if your test score is high).

    Beginner Kana, Greetings,
    Basic Asking for permission, Requests Hobbies, likes Now, birthday My friends' and my hometown Explanations, things we frequently do Solving problems Opinions, Travel Can/Cannot Expressing emotions Expressing intention Polite speech Life experiences Describing a situation
    Intermediate Dictionary form, how to express that something is a rumor, apologizing, how to indirectly imply something, technical language, situation appropriate language.

    Fundamentals of Japanese Conversation (Combined Class)

    The YAMASA Institute has also recently included a new stream of classes into its existing SILAC courses: Fundamentals of Japanese Conversation (Combined Class).
    FJC classes differ from standard classes in that they focus exclusively on areas such as pronunciation and intonation, kanji characters and business etiquette while maintaining the course’s overall ethos of improving the smoothness and quality of the student’s verbal Japanese communication.
    The classes themselves are held periods 4 and 5 every Thursday. Availability of classes does depend on one’s individual level. For more information, please refer to the table listed below.

    Class Name Description Enrollment is available to students in
    Pronunciation/ Intonation class The pronunciation and intonation class can help those enrolled in it to identify situations when inflection, intonation and pronunciation may alter the meaning of what one is saying. It also aims to improve the understandability of statements that one may make in the course of a conversation. Basic 1,2,3 and intermediate classes
    Kanji marathon class Kanji marathon classes are open to all students enrolled in SILAC, regardless of their knowledge of kanji. The aim of this class is to present students with kanji that they are likely to use in their day to day life, therefore making this a very practical course. For beginners coming from a Western background, stroke order and the basics of pronunciation, reading and writing are especially emphasized. Basic 1,2,3 and intermediate classes
    Japanese business manner and etiquette class While there are many concrete differences that we can observe, there are also many differences in the values between Western and Japanese culture. The Japanese business manner and etiquette class looks at this particular area from two perspectives: the business sphere as well as etiquette used in day to day life. Intermediate classes