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Courses University Enrollment

University Enrollment Courses

The Beginner Class

Enjoy Learning to Speak with Fun Classes

DBC’s Beginner Class empowers students to speak Japanese. Students learn by interacting with DBC teachers and not by relying too heavily on the textbook. Compared to other schools, DBC’s beginner textbooks are slender, filled with only the essentials. DBC students eventually become able to speak without having to look at the textbook!

The Intermediate Class

Enjoy Further Studies

DBC’s Intermediate Class empowers students to express their opinions. In the Beginner Class, students become able to carry on daily conversations. Still, to communicate more deeply, students find themselves wanting to go to the next level. As students progress, they come up against a wall, namely a large number of unknown Japanese words. Students breakthrough this wall through DBC’s Intermediate Class!
In DBC’s Beginner Class, teachers use simple Japanese. However, ordinary Japanese do not communicate using only simple Japanese. In the Intermediate Class, students develop their vocabulary and their communication ability for a wider number of situations. While studying can be mundane, DBC students learn by interacting with DBC teachers in a fun way!

The Advanced Class

Enjoy Being Able to Think in Japanese

DBC’s Advanced Class empowers students to think in Japanese. The Intermediate Class enables students to express themselves. Still, while living in Japan, we face Japanese language in various settings. We find ourselves immersed in the Japanese language as we hear announcements at the train station, conversations in the train, and talking among people on the street. We also encounter the Japanese language in dramas, newspapers, magazines, hospitals, news broadcasts, the beauty salon, and so on. In addition, we find ourselves in circumstances where we are required to share our opinions. In these varied circumstances, thinking only in our native language will leave us stifled. Students in our Advanced Class become able to think and react in Japanese.


Below is a chart showing what DBC teaches in our Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.


Goals Subjects Activities
◎ Introduction to Basic Vocabulary and Grammar
•Vocabulary and Writing - about 1,500 basic vocabulary in hiragana and katakana including about 300 kanji
•Listening and Speaking - understanding classroom language, language for daily life, and conversational sentences
expressing one’s thoughts and desires with simple sentence patterns
•Pronunciation - correction for natural intonation
•Composition - writing short sentences
  • Hiragana
  • Katakana 1
  • Kanji 1
  • Hajimete Conversation 1
  • Minna no Nihongo
  • Mapping the School Area
  • Video Letter to Your Family
  • Presentations about Traveling
  • Interviewing Teachers
  • Basic Essay Writing
  • Katakana 2
  • Kanji 2
  • Hajimete Conversation 2
  • Minna no Nihongo 2
  • Job Interview Simulation
  • Video Letter (About Your Future)
  • Real Estate Company Simulation
  • Product Development Presentation
  • Intermediate Essay Writing


Goals Subjects Activities
◎Expanding Basic Sentence Patterns
•Vocabulary and Writing - about 6,000 basic vocabulary including about 1,000 kanji
•Listening and Speaking - conversation practice
•Reading Comprehension - understanding sentence structures
•Composition - writing opinions and impressions
  • JLPT Level 2 Kanji
  • JLPT Level 2 Grammar
  • JLPT Level 2 Listening
  • Conversation Grammar 1
  • Pronunciation Practice 1
  • Intermediate Reading Comprehension 1
  • Personal Expression 1
  • Research Projects
  • Questionnaires, Surveys and Announcements
  • Presentations
◎ Expressing Yourself in Japanese
•Vocabulary and Notation - about 6,000 basic and academic vocabulary including about 1,000 kanji
•Listening - understanding weather forecasts, television and radio programs
•Speech and Debate Practice
•Reading Comprehension - EJU training
  • JLPT Level 2 Kanji
  • JLPT Level 2 Grammar
  • JLPT Level 2 Listening
  • Conversation Grammar 2
  • Pronunciation Practice 2
  • Intermediate Reading Comprehension 2
  • Personal Expression 2
  • Speech Debates
  • Speech Contest
  • Tea Ceremony Experience
  • Kimono Dressing Experience


Goals Subjects Activities
◎ Increasing Reading Comprehension Speed
◎ Using Japanese Expressions
•Vocabulary and Notation - about 15,000 basic and academic vocabulary including about 1,500 kanji
•Listening - correction for natural intonation
•Speech and Debate Practice
•Reading Comprehension - EJU training
•Composition - writing a diary and EJU test practice
  • JLPT Level 1 Kanji
  • JLPT Level 1 Grammar
  • JLPT Level 1 Listening
  • Advanced Conversation 1
  • Advanced Pronunciation 1
  • News 1
  • Comprehensive Exercises 1
  • Advanced Communication 1
  • Debate (with a Japanese person)
  • Company Visit
  • Japanese Cuisine
  • Advanced Essay Writing
◎ Japanese Culture, Society, and Economy
◎ Acquisition of Academic Skills for Japanese Universities - studying, research, presentations, thesis writing, etc.
•Vocabulary - about 15,000 basic and academic vocabulary including about 2,000 kanji
•Listening - correction for natural intonation
•Speech and Debate Practice
  • JLPT Level 1 Kanji
  • JLPT Level 1 Grammar
  • JLPT Level 1 Listening
  • Advanced Conversation 2
  • Advanced Pronunciation 2
  • News 2
  • Comprehensive Exercises 2
  • Advanced Communication 2
  • Houses of Parliament Visit
  • Refuse Plant Visit
  • Historical Museum Visit
  • Graduation Yearbook Production


DBC's Annual Schedule

Jan School Entrance Ceremony / Field Trips For Graduates (e.g., to a courthouse, the Imperial Palace, a newspaper
 publishing company, Kamakura, etc.)
National Holiday: Coming-of-Age Day
Feb DBC Composition Contest / Sports Festival (the Arakawa Ward Speech Contest)
National Holiday: National Foundation Day
March Graduation Ceremony / Kanji Contest, Half-day Home Stay with a Japanese Family (done in pairs)
National Holiday: Vernal Equinox Day
April School Entrance Ceremony / Class Field Trip (e.g., the Iwasaki Residence and Gardens, Ueno Park, etc.)
National Holiday: Shōwa Day
May National Holidays: Constitution Day, Children’s Day, Golden Week
June End of Term Exam / the Examination for Japanese University Admission (EJU) / Field Trips, Kanji Contest / the Arakawa Ward Kimono-wearing Class
School Holidays
July School Entrance Ceremony
National Holiday: Marine Day
Aug Summer Holiday
Sept End of Term Exam / DBC Speech Contest, Kanji Contest / the Arakawa Ward Bon Dance Festival
National Holidays: Respect for the Aged Day, Autumnal Equinox Day
Oct School Entrance Ceremony
National Holiday: National Sports Day
Nov EJU / Visit to Yushima Tenjin (to pray for passing the EJU) / Arakawa Ward Bus Tours
National Holiday: Culture Day

End of Term Exam / Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, Class Field Trip (e.g., a bowling contest, Water Bus Tour of Tokyo Bay, etc.) / Kanji Contest / the Arakawa Ward Mochi-pounding Festival
National Holidays: the Emperor's Birthday / Winter Holiday

* Please note that the above are subject to change.