Our Curriculum – Blended Learning
Beginners Japanese 1
We believe immersive learning, while difficult, is the most productive and useful way to learn a language; however, many students drop out of immersive programs because it is an overwhelming process initially.
For that reason, we no longer offer immersive classes for beginners’ level.
To accomodate students’ schedules and learning styles, as many of the students at Blue House Okinawa have full time work, college, etc., we’ve chosen to use a curriculum that is thorough, slow, and truly begins from ZERO.
Many popular textbooks are written by native Japanese speakers.
Our textbook, Japanese From Zero is unique, as it is geared towards English-speaking learners and based on the experience of a native English speaker learning and flourishing in Japanese.
This is an innovative and integrated approach to learning Japanese developed by professional Japanese interpreter George Trombley. Japanese From Zero! textbooks have chapter-by-chapter video supplements on YouTube, making both pre-study and review easily accessible as you move at your desired pace.
Japanese From Zero
The added support provided through this curriculum and resources has led to increased longevity in pursuing Japanese language skills.
Classes are truly 100% self teachable if our resources are used. This is particularly helpful for keeping up despite a TDY, vacation, etc.
Blue House Okinawa provides the learning opportunities, guidance, and language exchanges to reinforce, encourage, and grow learners’ abilities.
This class is designed for those who would like to learn Japanese from zero!
In this class, we'll learn Hiragana, basic Japanese phrases and basic Japanese structure, grammar including:
-basic verbs and the past tense
and over 800 vocabulary!
Online Lecture Videos
Our text book Japanese From Zero is accompanied by online, chapter-by-chapter videos on YouTube, making it easy for you to pre-studdy, review the classroom lesson, and insures that you never fall behind!
We’ve attached the link for the Lesson 1 video so you can see for yourself just how easy and helpful they can be!
Pre-made Electronic Flashcards
Blue House Okinawa uses a fun resource called Quizlet where you can study vocabulary and phrases, practice your writing and listening, and even take tests using online “flashcards”.
Quizlet is the easiest way to practice and master what you are learning, more than 95% of students who learn with Quizlet improved their grades.
Blue House Okinawa teachers work to provide vocabulary that’s relevant to your stage of learning through Quizlet.Teachers do the prep work by compiling vocabulary in an easy-to-use resource.
Quizlet allows students to learn in multiple ways, including flashcards, matching games, fill-in-the-blanks, audio loops, etc. Each “flash-card” lesson has a quiz at the end of the lesson that our instructors review in order to know what your strengths are and what you may need to improve on.
the Real Conversation Practice
One of our favorite and most convenient tools used at Blue House is the Google Hangouts App.
This free App can be downloaded on both your phone and computer and is a perfect way to communicate with your classmates and teachers at any time and from anywhere.
It is such a beneficial part of our program because it gives our students the means to practice Japanese with each other outside of class.
It’s also a great way to get to know and chat with your classmates to find out which festivals they love to attend, about the best places to eat, or get recommendations for the best hiking spots in Okinawa!
*Morning Course: in 2 months
Tue, 30th, Oct 2018
- Thu, 20th, Dec 2018
On Tuesdays, Thursdays
and Fridays 10:00am-11:50am
*Night Course: in 2 months
Mon, 1st, Oct 2018
- Wed, 21st, Nov 2018
On Mondays, Wednesdays
and Thursdays 7:00pm-8:50pm
*Evening Course: in 4 months
Tue, 4th, Sep 2018
- Tue, 18th, Dec 2018
On Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:50pm
and Thursdays 7:00pm-8:50pm
Attending for a short period of time?
Yes, you can attend classes for a short period of time -- as many classes as you'd like. However, please be informed of the following:
-Regardless of length of course chosen, the registration fee and teaching material fee must be purchased.
-The minimum contract available is one month. Please purchase the partial payment for each class if you wish to attend the call by month.
-Please arrange your orientation date through the contact form below.
Need to know future course schedule?
Please keep checking our website. Future schedules will be updated here first. If you don't see a schedule here, we are still working on confirming it. We apologize for any inconvenience!
Life at Blue House Okinawa
Blue House Okinawa is a close-knit, unique community for learners of English and Japanese to support each other, share culture, and meet their language goals.
We welcome you not as just a student but as a community member.
If you have an idea, a skill, or a way to help a fellow student, a class, or the school, share it!
Our Unique Curriculum
Many students want to join a particular class that may be part-way through a semester -- that is fine! Time is precious, and there is no need to wait until the class restarts.
Join when you can, study for that week’s lesson, and review past lessons on your own.
Our curriculum is set-up so you can learn all of the material on your own and use the school for practice, clarification, and reinforcement.