Intensive Language Courses

Course Introduction

ICC offers high-quality half-day and full-day Intensive Courses for students who wish to become proficient in Japanese within a relatively short period of time. These courses, conducted by highly-experienced and dedicated instructors, are an ideal way to learn the basics of the language or refresh and improve the existing language skills. The course curriculum is specifically created with each student in mind and can be adjusted to suit each individual’s exact level, specific needs and schedule. These courses will not only enable you to communicate effectively in Japanese, they will also give you the necessary tools to address the specific cultural issues arising from living, working , studying or just travelling in Japan.

Our one-to-one lesson system offers you total flexibility and guarantees you make maximum progress in the time you have. Semi-Private lessons and Group lessons are also available for students who wish to study with family members, work colleagues or friends. You can start a course at any time, and schedule your lessons how and when you like. Lessons can be held anytime, from 8:00am to 11:00pm, 7 days a week, all year long. Instruction can take place at our schools, on your organization’s premises, or at your home.

Since its inception in 1986, ICC has also been offering excellent language programs and services to Japanese and foreign corporations, governmental institutions as well as various other organizations. Our impressive client list includes the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Armed Forces in Japan, the U.S. Embassy, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the Japanese National Police Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Boeing, Siemens, Panasonic and Shiseido, to name just a few. Upon request, a free trial lesson can be arranged at your convenience.

⇒Corporate Programs

Types of Courses

ICC has a wide range of Japanese courses, from complete beginner courses to advanced courses for accomplished linguists, designed to suit any organization’s or individual’s specific needs:

• General Japanese Courses
• Survival Travel Japanese Courses
• Business Japanese Courses
• Overseas Relocation English Courses
• Japanese Courses for Executives
• Japanese Courses for Diplomats
• Japanese Courses for Military Linguists
• Japanese Courses for Police Linguists
• Japanese Courses for Kids
• Japanese Courses for Returnees
• Japanese Test Preparation Courses
• Japanese Courses for Specific Purposes
• Corporate Japanese Language Programs
• On-site Japanese Courses

Types of Lessons

One-to-one Lessons
Our One-to-one Lesson system, designed to fit your level, schedule and needs, offers total flexibility and guarantees that you make maximum progress in the time you have. Following a thorough needs analysis and level testing, instruction plans and teaching materials are tailor-made to suit your professional or private needs.

Semi-Private Lessons (Small classes of  two  to five students
Semi-Private Lessons are available for corporate clients and for students who wish to study with family members, work colleagues or friends. Each student undergoes a rigorous needs analysis and a level testing process to ensure the language instruction plan will be effective. The emphasis will usually be on developing communicative skills. However, the course curriculum can be adapted to different professional or private needs.

Group Lessons (Classes of more than five students)
As with Semi-Private Lessons, Group Lessons are available for corporate clients and for students who wish to study with family members, work colleagues or friends. Each student undergoes a rigorous needs analysis and a level testing process to ensure the language instruction plan will be effective. The emphasis will usually be on developing communicative skills. However, the course curriculum can be adapted to different professional or private needs.

On-site Lessons
Upon request, ICC can dispatch excellent instructors to your organization’s premises or home. Our tailor-made language programs are flexible and adjustable. We will listen to and analyse your needs, create a suitable program, and modify it where and when necessary. When preparing the course curriculum, your schedule, level, specific needs and budget will all be taken into account.



Our courses are conducted by professional Japanese instructors. As we are convinced that the success of our schools ultimately depends on the quality and efforts of our personnel, we hire only instructors that are well-experienced, friendly and dedicated to their work. Depending on your objectives, typical classroom activities might include role-plays, discussions, and other enjoyable language practice.

Our instructors are trained and instructed to:

  • • Use Japanese whenever possible when teaching.
  • • Ask their students to create realistic and meaningful language.
  • • Put new language and ideas into practice as soon as possible.
  • • Use techniques to motivate their students into using Japanese as much as possible.
  • • Incorporate lots of listening practice.
  • • Systematically teach the grammatical structures, vocabulary, and functional language, necessary to achieve the students’ learning aims.
  • • Work on pronunciation techniques, intonation, and stress patterns to ensure their students can be understood by others.
  • • Make sure that all learning is relevant to the stated objectives.
  • • Keep motivation, challenge and interest levels high at all times.
  • • Systematically review and repeat new language to make sure it remains active.


Approach and Methodology

Our lessons will generally follow an integrated skills approach. Classes will focus on functional and notional areas, and then work on the language skills required to achieve competence in those areas. These will consist of a mix of structural, lexical and cultural items, including work on question forms, polite phrases, and appropriate intonation. The instructors will always follow an active learning approach, engaging their students in Japanese.


Many of our students have decided to study at ICC by being introduced to us by one of their friends, colleagues or family members. Many of them continue to study at our schools for years or come back to learn a different language.

Please listen to the voices of some of our current students and graduates:

“For those who feel reluctant to learn a foreign language, I recommend ICC"
I took English lessons at ICC for 2 months before being dispatched to Russia. Since I had to live in Moscow for my work, for an extended period of time, English and Russian were required for my work there. The teachers in charge of my classes were Mr. Knafo and Mr. Coulter. They taught me in great detail, not only fine grammar points, but also how to communicate more effectively with people overseas and how to liven up a conversation.. They also helped me acquire more knowledge on international rules and manners needed in social occasions. I’m convinced that I have gained overall communication skills in such a short term. If you have any specific needs, ICC’s staff and instructors will guide you and help you to ensure that you achieve your study goals. More importantly, ICC teachers are amazingly friendly, so even those who feel reluctant to learn a foreign language can begin learning it with no worries at all. I learned Russian in another language school before joining ICC, but I regret it. I should have chosen ICC, so If you are wondering which language school to choose, I suggest that you once meet Mr. Knafo and the ICC’s staff.
H.N., Japanese Diplomat

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Course Procedure

1.The Initial Conversation

In the first conversation, you will be asked about your aims in order to find out as much as possible about key issues, such as why you want learn, how you want to learn, what you wish to achieve, how much language you already have, how much time you would like to commit, and other important issues.

2. The Proposal

After discussing the details, we will create a proposal which will reflect our understanding of your needs. It will include instruction format, course content, course duration and price. The proposal is a framework which you are able to refine to meet your schedule and specific learning circumstances.

3.The Trial Lesson and Level Test

Once the proposal is agreed upon, you will be contacted to discuss the course location, time, duration and other important details. Suitable instructors will then be selected and fully briefed prior to your first lesson. Upon request, a trial lesson and a level test can be arranged before the start of the course, at your convenience.

4. At the Beginning of the Course

In the trial lesson or in the first lesson, the instructors will get a clearer idea of your linguistic strengths and weaknesses, learning style, and what your priorities are. Together with the instructors, you will draw up a course plan which will focus on what you want to be able to do with the language and what you will need to cover during the course in order to achieve your goal.

5. During the Course

During the course, the instructors will keep assessing your strengths, weaknesses and learning style on a regular basis, and adapt the teaching method and materials accordingly. You will also have the full support of our dedicated staff throughout your course. We will also collect feedback from you regularly, responding where necessary.

6.At the End of the Course

The end of the course will include a full review of what you have learnt, a final assessment test to find out how far you have progressed, and some suggestions on what you can do to maintain and improve all the acquired Japanese language skills.