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What Makes Aitas Unique

At Aitas, whether you're a new beginner or a communicator with experience, you learn in a classroom setting where Japanese is the only language spoken. This technique is called the Direct Method and it is specifically designed to help you improve your practical Japanese communication skills.
Using this proven teaching technique,you'll be able to begin speaking and communicating in Japanese in a very short period of time.

We are different from other Japanese language schools in the area since most of them use the Indirect Method, where Japanese grammar is taught using a vehicular language such as English. There are very few schools outside of Japan who teach using the Direct Method and Aitas capitalizes on this, with the belief that you'll learn to communicate in Japanese at a much faster pace.

Why Are There So Few Japanese Language Schools Using the Direct Method?

Lack of Skill and Experience

The Direct Method is difficult for teachers to use, especially with beginners, because it requires a lot of planning and an acute understanding of how the human mind learns new languages. Teachers must have the ability to simplify their speech as they teach so that beginners can easily follow along. A good Direct Method instructor is attentive, analytical, practised, and accomplished in the Japanese language.

At Aitas, we have veteran instructors teaching Levels 1 to 3. We get our beginners started off on the right foot so that they can realize great success as they continue learning.

Difficulty Setting Up Adequate Learning Environments

In order to be successful, the Direct Method requires a particular learning environment that is carefully planned to promote students' understanding of the Direct Method approach, drive their determination to learn by using this theory, and maintain motivation throughout the course. Learning Japanese by Direct Method, although challenging, tends to be the most rewarding for students. Oftentimes Japanese language schools simply do not have the necessary resources at their disposal to create the appropriate teaching environment, and without it, students become irritated, impatient and discouraged.
Aitas Japanese Language School conducts detailed orientations for its students before each course begins. By doing this, we give our students important preliminary information about the Direct Method, how it works, and why we believe it to be the most successful approach when it comes to learning the Japanese language.

Myth: Only Children or Intermediate-Level Adults Benefit from the Direct Method

In our experience, adult students at every level, show remarkable results from our Direct Method teaching. No matter what your mother tongue, the Aitas Direct Method is a learning experience that is not only enjoyable, but one that works!

What Is The Aitas Method?

Since 1998, we have researched many different Japanese teaching methods. After much hypothesizing, creating, revising, testing, and evaluating we developed a scientific, practical direct method. Although we use the Direct Method, it is actually just one of many teaching methods here at Aitas. Our method is "Eclecticism", containing a variety of techniques and beliefs from a wide range of existing teaching methods. We call it the "Aitas Immersion Teaching Method" and it was established from our many years of hands-on teaching experience, data gathering, and analysis.

Why Full Immersion?

The more time you spend hearing Japanese, the more comfortable you'll become with the sounds of the language. The more comfortable you are with the sounds, the better you'll be able to identify and comprehend whole words. Every student in a full immersion class listens and speaks in Japanese, and therefore develops the most important skill in language learning: "thinking in Japanese". Every minute in the classroom is a minute spent practicing Japanese - and the best thing you can do when you are learning a new language is practice, practice, practice!

How Can I Start Communicating in Japanese Fast?

To teach your mind how to speak Japanese, you must follow these four simple steps throughout your communications:

  1. First, think about what you want to say.
  2. Structure your sentences in your mind.
  3. Speak.
  4. Listen to the other person.

Practicing the process is crucial if you want to be able to communicate with others effectively. The more often you follow these steps, the faster you'll learn.
We conduct:

  • Interactive lessons
  • Speaking practice
  • Outputting practice through writing

Aitas Interactive Lessons Give You Ample Opportunity to Speak Japanese

At Aitas, every minute you spend in class is a minute you spend practicing Japanese, whether it be reading, writing, listening or speaking. Practicing is the best thing you can do when you'retrying to learn a new language. Aitas Interactive Lessons are small (usually 3 to 6 students), giving you lots of individual attention and ample opportunity to speak and interact in Japanese.

Practice the Speaking Process in a Similar Situation to One in Real Life

Mimicking real life scenarios as you practice speaking Japanese will make it easier for you to communicate in the world. We use the Aitas Original Workbook in every class to help you advance your communication abilities fast. You'll learn the basic vocabulary and sentence structure to express many thoughts in no time at all. This practice will give you the skills you need to communicate across many platforms without hesitation.

Practice Outputting What You Input

When you practice writing (perhaps in personal a diary or an essay), this helps to improve your speaking skills because both writing and speaking are categorized as 'output exercises' and not 'input exercises', such as listening and reading. At Aitas, our lessons involve many writing exercises. Sometimes a particular topic is provided by the teacher based on what the students studied in class. It is easier than you think when you're writing about something you're interested in! This writing practice gives you the opportunity to use the grammar and vocabulary you already know, ultimately helping you expand the realm of your Japanese communications.

The Original Aitas Workbook

There are many commercial text books, such as "Minna No Nihongo, Genki and Japanese for Busy People", which try to cover the needs of all new learners. At Aitas we have created our original textbooks to fit with our unique approach, Aitas immersion Teaching Method, and to fulfill the needs of our students’ interests while Aitas courses are based on the study contents of these commercial textbooks mixed. It allows learners to think in Japanese and speak interactively in all exercises and quickly gain confidence in their practical Japanese skills.

Why Our Method Works

From the start of every course to the very last day, the Aitas Immersion Teaching Method has been created with the learner in mind. Our method focuses on simplicity, practice, motivation, and enjoyment, helping you obtain the necessary Japanese communication skills you desire, in a short period of time.

How Will I Be Able To Enjoy a Class With No English?

Visual Learning

Using lots of visual aids is key. In Aitas classes we use drawings, pictures, gestures, and the white board to make it easier for learners to figure out the right answers. 83% of people's perception comes from their visual senses. We pay a lot of attention to how we present the visual elements of every class. For example, we carefully display particular sentence patterns and drawings, and we are mindful of where we write certain words and in what color. Our lessons are logically and systematically designed. Our immersion approach is calculated and planned to avoid any guessing from our students.

Analogy and Hypothesis

You must carefully watch and listen to your instructor. When you learn a new sentence pattern, try to see how your instructor expands his communication, what kinds of gestures he uses and how he sounds.

Even though there is no English explanation, you can realize the answer through detailed analogy, hypothesis, hints given by your instructor, and what you've already learned in class. All of these elements can give you clues to new vocabulary and sentence patterns.

We believe that your autonomy as a learner is very important. We force you to analyze, analogize, and guide yourself to the answer - instead of relying on your instructor.

This way of thinking is very close to how we form conversation in a real situation. You do not need to master Japanese vocabulary, grammar and expressions to have casual conversation with someone. Use a context of conversation to understand the situation and make a determination of what your speaker is saying, and then carry on the communication.

Our primary goal is to help you obtain practical Japanese communication skills

Our visual learning principals, analogy and hypothesis methods, full immersion, interactive lessons, and Aitas original study materials make this possible. The Aitas Immersion Teaching Method aims to help you improve your practical Japanese communication skills in a way that is both fun and effective.

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