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Cmedua

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I was wondering if anyone here has been to this school personally and can verify if it's legit or not. You see the reason I'm so skeptical is because they offer an intensive course (everday course) that I'm interested in taking but the cost of it is surprisingly low compared to other intensive language course I've seen, especially for it to be in Tokyo. The duration of the course is 10 weeks, about 200 hours worth of classes and only cost 190,000 yen (1717.60 usd). Also there are barely any reviews about to school online.

Sendagaya Japanese language school|A variety of courses available to study Japanese in Japan
 

Mike Cash

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If I had to GUESS....and it is purely a guess....

It might be that the teachers are paying students of their school that charges over half a million yen to train them to be Japanese teachers.

https://日本語教師養成講座.com/sendagaya/

Or it may (also) be that some undisclosed proportion of their teachers are not native speakers. (Says so right on their site).

I also suspect that the credentials their teachers have come from having completed their own course at their own school, rather than being certification from a recognized third-party. Write them and ask them what the name of the teachers' certifications is in Japanese and the name of the issuing body.

I would be skeptical as well. It looks like they're renting space and charging both teachers and students to be there. Or at least there is reason to suspect it, anyway.

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Sendagaya Japanese Institute | Student Reviews | CourseFinders

This guy shouldn't gripe the teachers don't speak English, because they make it clear up front they don't.

But he raises a good point in that you have to consider many of the "students" at these places aren't in Japan to learn Japanese at a Japanese school. They're at a Japanese school strictly as a ruse so they can come here and work. The schools know they don't care about learning and don't worry too much about teaching them. The students only show up for class because Immigration sometimes checks attendance records.

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Speaking just for myself, I wouldn't pay a damned nickel to go to any of the dubious Japanese schools in Japan. But if I ever were to consider attending a Japanese language school here the only one I would look at is Yamasa Institute in Okazaki.

Study Japanese in Japan at a Japanese language school - The Yamasa Institute
 

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Another one that always seems to receive accolades (and is located in Tokyo) is Naganuma School:

The Naganuma School
 
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