FYI SOUTH Magazine, September 2006

J's Institute of Language

163, GuangJhou 1st St, 9F-2,
(07) 223-3640
Hours:9 am-6 pm
Office hours:
Monday - Friday, 9 am-
12 am and 1:30 pm-6 pm
Class times:
Monday - Sunday
7 am-10 pm

J's Institute of Language, teaching mainly Chinese and Japanese, has recently made major renovations to their facilities. Classes are small or on a one-to-one basis, placing emphasis on listening and speaking. The total immersion method allows students to learn in an all-Chinese or all-Japanese environment. During the initial learning stages, no written material is used, to allow students to get used to listening and speaking a foreign language. Many Japanese companies' employees and Japanese language learners have raved about this method. The institute's owner, who is a linguistic researcher, claims to have developed this unique teaching style. Professional Chinese and Japanese teachers use content from daily life as teaching material, encouraging students to start speaking a new language faster. "The absence of written language allows learners to concentrate on listening and speaking, it also helps eliminate some learners' fear of Chinese characters." Says Teacher Wumezawa. Students can select their own learning content, create schedules to their own convenience and learn happily in their quiet and comfortable classroom environment.

--By Amelie Tseng, translated by Cara Steensta