To make this new curriculum possible, we had to make some changes to the structure of our courses. Here’s a comparison of the old and new course structures for each of our major courses:
Conversational Japanese Course
Old: 20 Japanese lessons per week
New: 10 grammar lessons and 10 conversation lessons
Japanese and Traditional Culture
Old: 10 Japanese lessons and 5 culture classes per week
New: 10 grammar lessons, 10 conversation lessons, and 3 culture classes
Japanese Through Pop Culture
Old: 10 Japanese lessons and 10 pop culture classes per week
New: 10 grammar lessons, 10 conversation lessons, and 5 pop culture classes
Japanese for Exams
Old: 10 Japanese lessons and 10 exam skills classes per week
New: 10 grammar lessons, 10 conversation lessons, and 5 exam skills classes per week
As you can see, all the courses now have the same core 20 hours per week of classes, divided into grammar and conversation. This was done because we felt that the old course system did not give a full rounded Japanese education to the students on the Pop Culture, Traditional Culture and Exams courses. The new courses are much more academically sound, and should ensure that all students progress much better in the full four skills.
We’ve also introduced one new course, the Intensive Conversation Course. This has the same basic 20 classes per week as the other courses, plus five additional hours of conversational Japanese per week. Since its introduction, this has been one of our most popular courses.