Hokkaido Japanese Language School
Hokkaido Japanese Language School Programs
Hokkaido Japanese Language School’s Summer Course takes our standard 15 Japanese lessons per week, and adds to it 2 traditional culture experiences per week, such as kimono...
Hokkaido Japanese Language School, located in the center of the bustling and modern city of Sapporo, offers students the chance to study Japanese conversationally and culturally....
Hokkaido Japanese Language School Reviews
Learning Japanese in the snow
Submitted by Harm Jaap - Amsterdam Netherlands | May 07, 2017
Learning languages is one of my hobbies and I have studied at many language schools around the globe. I was excited to come to Sapporo and join the Winter Course of Hokkaido JaLS , because it was the first time for me to do a language course in a cold environment and see the famous Snow Festival.
Hokkaido JaLS is conveniently located in the centre of Sapporo, only a few blocks from the main site where the yearly Snow Festival takes place. The school uses a nicely decorated private cafe, the Co&Co World Lounge, where you can study, buy some books and magazines and enjoy all kinds of great coffee and teas. The teachers and staff are all very helpful and kind. They really make you feel welcome. My lovely host family also took very well care of me with great local dishes and warm baths, so I felt at home in Sapporo immediately.
Next to the daily lessons in small classes the school organises a whole range of activities for its students: soba cooking, sports activities like kendo, cross country skiing and several excursions.
There was barely enough time to do my homework. Hokkaido JaLS understands that learning and fun go together well. I wish I could have stayed longer than two weeks, but I had so many great experiences that it feels that I was there a month or longer. I really want to come back to JaLS.
Looking forward to my next time is the best comment I can give =)
Submitted by Giacomo Cattaneo - Zurich Switzerland | April 18, 2017
If you really really wanna go back, it means it was fantastic. I loved the people, I loved the progress on my learning curve, and I loved Sapporo / Hokkaido. On many fronts I was pleasantly surprised, like the School itself and the intensity of the learning. Yep, it is intense, if you do private lessons and apply like a good boy to do every homework & co. But isn't it why you decide to do a short-term language course? I did 3 weeks only, and I got so much benefit, and I am thankful that it was so intensive =P Don't worry though, you can be laid-back if you want eheh. I am really only looking forward to the moment I can go back!!!
An absolute beginner
Submitted by Breizh - Nagoya Japan | April 17, 2017
My boyfriend and I moved abroad for his work in January 2017 without hardly any Japanese language experience. After trying to self-study with CDs and some beginners texts I realized I wasn't gaining the experience speaking I desperately needed. I was so glad when I found JaLS during my time living in Sapporo. I learned hiragana and katakana quickly which helped very much in daily life in Japan. I practiced speaking everyday with my Japanese teachers, classmates, and the staff in the very cozy Co & Co Lounge. The cultural events also gave me great opportunities to practice in the real world. I also got to meet like-minded individuals of all different ages and origins which made for a truly enriching experience. My only regret is I didn't find JaLS sooner!
Submitted by Samantha | November 29, 2016
The course at JaLS exceeded my expectations! Right from the beginning when I emailed some inquiries to JaLS, I could sense the staff's sincerity in replying me and answering any doubts I had. While I was at school, the staff were also very helpful in entertaining any queries I had, such as recommendations on food and travel.
The language teachers were also very professional and patient (and fun at the same time). They used many examples to illustrate new grammar to us so that we could understand what was being taught. They also gave us sufficient time to practise the new grammar/vocabulary during class.
I enjoyed the cultural activities very much too. I was blessed with nice classmates/schoolmates and we shared many fun times together! Really enjoyed every bit of my time in Japan! =)
4 weeks at Hokkaido JaLS
Submitted by Ben - Washington D.C. United States | November 25, 2016
I spent 4 weeks as a beginner Japanese language learner at JaLS in autumn of 2016, and I enjoyed my experience there so much that I plan to go back in 2017.
I signed up for the standard course with private lessons, and I found both to be very useful. The standard lessons were taught by very engaging native Japanese speakers and were quite well structured. Grammar concepts are introduced early, then worked on them throughout the week, and they'll be sure you'll never run out of vocabulary to study! Outside of the classrooms, the rest of the staff are very engaging and once they know what you're trying to learn, they'll work it into normal conversation. Over and over again, until you know it. It is a fun and supportive learning environment. The staff also really cares about the students and is happy to get to know them.
The private lessons gave me the opportunity to delve into specific topics while also reviewing information from previous weeks that hadn't quite sunk in yet. I think these lessons were worth the time and money, but I don't think they're necessary for everyone.
Another positive aspect of the school is the diverse student body that it attracts. I am an American, and I can count the other Americans I encountered at the school on one hand. Most everyone speaks English, so meeting new people was no problem, and everyone was very welcoming and happy to show me the ropes in my first week. If you stick around to study later in the afternoon, you will also get the chance to meet some Japanese people who come to the school to study English! I met a language exchange partner who I am still in touch with that way.
The location is excellent, right in the middle of Sapporo, and is easily walkable from the subway lines. There are tons of places to eat and shop nearby at a variety of price points, and the café in the school is a great place to hang out and study.
I was very happy with the educational quality, community, and pretty much everything else at JaLS. As I said at the top, I intend to go back. Hopefully I'll see you there!