Japanese Course in Melbourne at Lyceum
Read below for our course overview and view our Japanese course details.
Learn Japanese in Melbourne
Japan is one of Australia’s largest business partners, and so Australian professionals often need to work with Japanese speakers. Lyceum’s Japanese courses are in demand from people who wish to enter the tourist and hospitality industries, while many others wish to learn in order to enrich their travel experiences. Japan offers a vast array of opportunities to Australian job seekers with skills in Japanese.
At Lyceum Japanese is taught using the communicative method. The different character systems which are used in written Japanese are explained and discussed however a greater share of lesson time is spent in developing speaking and listening skills. There is a very strong focus on the spoken language as it is used in practical everyday situations.
Lyceum recommends 60 hours (Beginner and Elementary, 4 levels) of tuition in order to achieve basic competence in regular everyday communication. The levels focus on the following broad areas:
- Social interaction
- Planning outings
- Getting about town
- Shopping and other transactions, such as the bank and post office
- Booking accommodation and talking about the home
The completion of the Elementary level is recommended for people who wish to travel to Japan, and also for those who plan to use Japanese with their family and friends here in Melbourne.
Each term at Lyceum corresponds to 15 hours of adult tuition, or twelve to eighteen months at high school. Our Japanese course outline will help you to see which level would suit you best. If you have questions or would discuss the course levels in more detail, give us a call.
English speakers find Japanese pronunciation quite easy. Because all our Japanese teachers are native speakers or have a native-speaking level of Japanese, it is possible to quickly achieve a good accent. Our teachers are able to tailor a lesson towards everyone’s needs, whether it be for general everyday needs, for business, for family purposes or for travel.
From pre-intermediate onwards, students stay in each class for at least two terms or for as long as they need, before they go up to the next level.
Japanese Culture in Melbourne
As part of your course, our teachers will encourage you to seek out the Japanese speaking community in Melbourne, in order to help you practise your speaking and listening skills. Melbourne has a large population of Japanese speakers, which affords you great opportunities to practice the language and learn about the culture.
Teachers will give you information about the Japanese radio and television programmes, such as SBS radio for example, and newspapers available in Melbourne. There are also a few Japanese festivals & events in Melbourne, such as the Japanese Culture and Art Festival, and your teacher can give you information on those events.
As a group you will pool information about the best Melbourne Japanese restaurants, Japanese food stores, bookshops and Japanese clubs to help you further immerse yourself in the culture. With Lyceum's help, groups often plan outings together at the end of term.