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FAQs for Japanese Language



1. What is General Course?
The JFKL General Course is a part-time Japanese language course, usually held on weekday evenings. Classes are 2 hours per session and vary from once to twice a week, depending on the course.


2. How old do I have to be in order to apply for the language course?
Our course content and teaching approaches are more adult-oriented. Therefore, you have to be at least 16 years old and above to apply.


3. How many students can be accepted in each class?
We could only accommodate up to 16 students per class. Therefore, admission into a class will be determined on a first-come-first-served basis, unless stated otherwise.


4. I have zero / little basic in Japanese, what course should I apply?
You may apply for our Introduction class. If you would like to know more, please refer to: http://jfstandard.jp/pdf/starter/starter_activities_en_resizeword.pdf


5. I have some knowledge of Japanese and wish to continue study in your center, do I need to take a placement test before admission?
Yes, you are required to sit for the placement test if you have learnt the language in the past. You shall be assigned to a level based on your placement test results. This shall lessen your worry of admitting into a wrong class!


6. I have learned Japanese in other schools before, which course will be appropriate for me?
JFKL places focus on communicative approach in language teaching, rather than grammar-centered teaching style. As syllabus and levels vary across schools, you are advised to have a look at our syllabus below before submitting your application.
(Elementary 1) http://jfstandard.jp/pdf/first/elementary1_activities_en_resizeword.pdf
(Elementary 2) http://jfstandard.jp/pdf/first/elementary2_activities_en_resizeword.pdf
(Pre-intermediate) http://jfstandard.jp/pdf/firstmid/PreI_contents_10-13.pdf
(Intermediate 1 & 2) http://www.bonjinsha.com/…/2016/01/intermediate_02.pdf
(Pre-Advanced) http://jfstandard.jp/pdf/mid/PreI_contents_18-21.pdf
(Advanced 1 and above) –Reference materials are not available at the moment-


7. When and how should I apply?
We have 2 intakes (April & October) annually and registration would usually open about one month before. Application form would be made available online when registration opens. Please check out on our website & Facebook page for updates.
(Language course URL) http://www.jfkl.org.my/language/learners/nihongo-kouza/
(Facebook) http://www.facebook.com/theJapanFoundationKL

8. Would all levels be available for application in both intakes?
Our primary intake falls in April, where all levels would be open for application. Nevertheless, choice of levels would be limited during mid-term intake in October.

(Primary intake)
(Mid-term intake)
New entry    ALL LEVELS Intermediate 1 & 2,
Advanced 2 only
*In-year admission    Depends on class capacity

*NOTE: “In-year admission” refers to admission to a currently ongoing 9-month or 1-year course following placement during the October intake. In such case, students are still entitled to sit for advancement examination but will not be awarded with course completion certificate by the end of the course.


9. Where can I refer for more details regarding your course (e.g. fees, schedule etc.)?
The details are all available on our website!


10. Are the teachers native speakers?
Yes and they are highly-qualified with years of experience in teaching Japanese to foreign students.


11. Will I receive a certificate or qualification for taking up a course?
You will receive a certificate upon course completion, provided that you maintained a good attendance and passed the final exam. However, please note that the certificate is not officially recognized by local authorities or institutions.

Most learners would opt to sit for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) whose certificate is generally accepted by most institutions, organizations and private companies in Malaysia and abroad. The test is held twice a year in July and December. In Malaysia, you may sit for the test in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu and Johor Bahru. For details and registration in Malaysia, please refer to the Japanese Language Society of Malaysia (JLSM): http://www.jlsm.org/japanese-language-proficiency-test.html


12. Do you offer JLPT Preparatory Course / business courses / private lessons / intensive classes?
No, currently we are not offering the above mentioned courses.For other type of courses, you may want to look up at what other schools offer.

Below is a list of Japanese Language School in Malaysia for your reference. Kindly contact the respective schools directly to find out more about courses available.

(Please note that the listing of schools in this link is merely for your reference and does not mean that they have our full recommendation or recognition.)


13. Who can I contact if I have any further questions?
You may send in your enquiries via email to japanese_course@jfkl.org.my, or call us at 03-2284-7228 during our opening hours:
(Tue-Fri) 11am to 12.30pm / 2pm to 6pm
(Sat) 9am to 12.30pm / 2pm to 4pm