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Programs for Enterprises

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For Employees New to Japan 〜Hands-on, practical program〜

For Employees Already working in Japan 〜All Level of Proficiency〜



AJALT instructors have extensive background in teaching Japanese to lawyers, certified public accountants, and diplomats. They have also taught professionals working in finance, international trades, and various academic fields. The AJALT program will provide immediate results and help the student achieve his or her professional goals.


Lesson plans for small groups are flexible and designed to accommodate the client’s needs. You can get started with just an hour-long lesson. Class sizes can range from two to twenty students --- all at a single price level. We recommend 8 students or less for classes focused on conversational skills.


AJALT offers private lessons for one-on-one instructions

Steps for Starting Programs for Enterprises


AJALT interviews the prospective program participants.

AJALT proposes a customized training program.

AJALT, the employer, and program participants hold discussions

to fine tune the program.

The program is finalized and approved by the employer

AJALT develops and delivers the training program.

A follow-up interview is conducted among the employer and the program participants.

A final report is submitted to the employer.

First-Step Program

This is a program for people just arriving in Japan. A person who completes the program will be able to have basic communications in Japanese and get around by him or herself. The program is recommended for individuals staying in Japan for a short period of time.  

  • Japanese customs and practical advice on Tokyo. 
  • Real-life Japanese that does not require extensive memorization.

The student will get a compact card with a list of useful words and phrases. 

The program is designed to help the students immediately and perfect for the whole family. 


3 Hour Course (2 lessons, 1.5 hours each)

Learn how to read Roma-ji: pronounce Japanese words; and use key phrases to

  • Buy train tickets
  • Tell a cab driver where to go
  • Buy food and beverages
  • Order at a restaurant 


6 Hour Course (4 lessons, 1.5 hours each)

Learn how to read Roma-ji: pronounce Japanese words; and use key phrases to

  • Introduce oneself
  • Use public transportation
  • Go shopping for food and other necessities
  • Order at a restaurant
  • Handle emergencies (going to the hospital, lost and found, etc.)

Survival Program

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Student will learn the Japanese required for ensuring a comfortable stay in Japan and handling day-to-day activities with confidence:

  • Call for a cab and give directions
  • Make dinner reservations and get served at restaurants
  • Enjoy shopping in department stores
  • Get around using public transportation 


15 - 30 Hours Course

Student will study Roma-ji and pronunciation of Japanese words. They will be introduced to basic customs and learn to use key phrases for

  • Greetings
  • Introductions
  • Using the public transportations
  • Taking a cab
  • Shopping for food and everyday goods
  • Ordering food at a restaurant
  • Discussing and setting up schedules
  • Making simple requests and asking for permission
  • Ask for help in an emergency (an accident or illness)

Beginner's Program

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1. Worker Training Course


This is a program for workers starting a new job in Japan or getting trained overseas and covers the basic survival Japanese. Course design is flexible and will cover the topics relevant to the client's workplace.


■Being courteous at work:

Greeting the bosses and coworkers
Call in and apologize, when running late or missing work
Make an apology, accompanied with appropriate gestures
Introduce one self and exchange business cards

Communicating about work

  • Understand the information presented in Japanese
  • Ask questions
  • Report problems or issues
  • Report on work progress


Basic reading and writing

  • Read and understand displays and signs in the work areas
  • Read and write simple notes
  • Read and update a simple work journal

2. "Japanese for Busy People" Courses


Programs for students wishing to study Japanese, starting with the basics


■Basic Training Course (60 hours)

This course is based on the Japanese for Busy People I textbook developed by AJALT.  Students will study the basic Japanese syntax and acquire the language skills required for handling everyday situations.

  • Greetings, introductions, and business card exchanges
  • Shopping (ask about business hours and whether the store accepts credit cards)
  • Go over schedules and meeting agenda
  • Precisely describe a person or thing and its location
  • Make a restaurant reservation, order food, and pay
  • Describe an experience and how it felt
  • Respond to an invitation, make a request, and ask for permission
  • Respond to a request for permission
  • Describe how to get to a place and how long the trip would take
  • Listen to and acknowledge a doctor’s instructions


■Beginner’s Level, Part 1 (120 Hours)

Students will use the Japanese for Busy People U textbook, developed by AJALT.  Course work is designed for acquiring the language skills needed for getting to know the coworkers and neighbors and include exercises incorporating everyday situations at work.


■Beginner’s Level, Part 2 (120 Hours)

Students will use the Japanese for Busy People III textbook, developed by AJALT.  Course work will incorporate subjects of topical interests (people, animals, economy and business, education, crimes).  Students will learn to converse more naturally and with precision and respond quickly to everyday situations.

Professional Japanese

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Student will work with a team of instructors to achieve the level of proficiency required for becoming self-sufficient and working independently. In addition to the Employee Development Program, the student will take customized course designed for his or her specific goals.

Business Skills

  • Conduct oneself completely appropriately in a Japanese business setting 
  • Use appropriate words and phrases during phone conversations and client meetings 
  • Follow business discussions and contribute as needed 
  • Generate business correspondences, memos, and documentation Go over contracts, quotes, invoices and other documents over the phone or by e-mail


Information Gathering Skills

  • Monitor the Japanese media and collect information related to the student’s field of specialty 
  • Monitor the internet and industry publications 
  • Attend seminars and interact with other participants


Presentation Skills

  • Create presentation documents (Power Point slides and handouts) 
  • Give presentations using appropriate words and phrases 
  • Give speeches
  • Handle questions and answers Improve diction and pronunciation  


Networking Skills

  • Meet with new people at parties and gatherings 
  • Follow up with e-mail correspondences


Other Professional Skills
AJALT can also work with the student on

  • Job interviews 
  • Professional certification 
  • Job-specific training, such as executive assistance

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Tokyo 105-0001, Japan