Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it
Tuition, registration, and textbooks are charged separately. The fees
are as follows: $220 for tuition, $30 for first time registration
fee, and $41 for the textbooks. However, please note that the textbooks
usually lasts for six courses. See materials section in the schedule
page for more information. Thus, a typical Beginners class would cost
Do I have to buy
texts for each class?
Not neccessarily. For example, a Beginner's class text will last for
about four consecutive classes (over half a year).
When do I need
to register for a class?
You can register anytime. However the max enrollment for any adult
class is 13 and once the limit is reached, the class is closed for
What happens after
I complete a class?
If you'd like to continue with your studies, the next level class
is usually available at the same time, with the same instructor.
What happens if
I miss a class?
If you need to miss class for any reason, please e-mail or call to
let us know. Also, if you miss one or more classes, each student is
entitled to one free makeup lesson, once every seven-week session.
Additional makeup lessons are available as private lessons, for a
What if I have studied
We suggest that you call us to set up an evaluation interview and
then based on the interview we can place you in a class that you can
observe. After the class you are welcome to register.
What will I learn
in the class?
In a typical 7-week class you will initially learn a “survival
level” of Japanese--basic greetings and basic conversation.
Although there is an emphasis on conversation you will also learn
the fundamentals of reading and writing.
What are the teacher’s
All teachers are native speakers of Japanese and are trained at the
Tenrikyo Language Institute in Japan or at the Japanese Educational
Centre in Vancouver, Canada.