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No.219 (9/14/12)

Breeze into Japanese at Michinoku International Japanese Education Center (MIJEC)

By Akiko Furukawa
Guest Writer

Have you ever thought “W hat did you say? ” or “ How should I say something? ” to Japanese? Have you ever wanted to be able to understand and speak Japanese?


We have people who support such an endeavor: they are members of Michinoku International Japanese Education Center (MIJEC , ) an organization that supports Japanese language education to foreigners who are living in the area around Hachinohe-City. MIJEC's main activities are short and long term Japanese Classes in Hachinohe , and also Japanese lessons for foreign students at Japanese School etc .


MIJEC's major highlight is Japanese Classes every Tuesday night from 6:30 pm, at Hachinohe Fukushi Kouminkan. This class runs continuously throughout the year and has approximately 50 students from Hachinohe , Misawa, and other local areas. Classes are divided into five levels from beginners (Class 1) to advanced (Class 5 . ) With each session lasting two hours and covering basic grammars, sentences structure, reviews, and game time and group work to emphasize each lesson and make it more fun! Of course, there are conversational practices during sessions, and students have to try making conversation with what they know so they will be able to learn Japanese step by step!!


This Japanese class is open for everybody whom Japanese is their second language. So, you will see a lot of nationalities in MIJEC's Japanese class, and Japanese is the predominant language at classroom, therefore, MIJEC uses the direct method: Teaching the Japanese language by using Japanese. It sounds difficult for beginners, but there is also additional support available in English at beginner's classes, like the teacher conducts classes with mainly Japanese and supportively using English or Chinese words. So, even the first level students can feel comfortable.

Another advantage of the MIJEC Japanese c lass is that they provide continuous classes, and the classes are divided by five different levels. Therefore, students can make long term study plan, and also be able to progress with the classes by choosing the most appropriate level according to their progress. It's easy to make your own study plans in the most effective way.


Of course, MIJEC provides other fun things to members other than classes. MIJEC periodically schedules seasonal event, such as a p each p icking, c ooking c lass, and Yukata d ressing c lass at s ummer f estival etc . You can experience Japanese and local cultures t hrough those special events. Also, by spending fun time together with teachers and classmates, it helps your motivation and interest in Japanese language class!! MIJEC's next special event is fresh ‘Soba' making class in November.


The new MIJEC Japanese Class semester will start from September. Of course, students can start the class anytime during the semester, and even if it's in the middle of the term, if a student needs to move to another class to match their level, they can move at any time. Also, if you miss a class due to your work schedule or for any reason, don't worry, teachers are supportive in individual situation. MIJEC is always open for student's request, so they will support your study plan.

Come to MIJEC Japanese Class where your dream of becoming a Japanese speaker will come true, and you can enjoy Japanese life more and more!!


MIJEC  日本語講座 問い合わせ先:
みちのく国際日本語教育センター (MIJEC)
明日山 幸子
Email : npo-mijec-jimukyoku(a)
Phone: 080-6026-3109
馬場 亜紀子
Email : npo-mijec(a)
Phone: 080-6051-3109


Point of Contacts (English speakers) for MIJEC Japanese Class(a)Hachinohe Fukushi Kouminkan
Michinoku International Japanese Education Center (MIJEC)
Ms. Sachiko Akebiyama
Email : npo-mijec-jimukyoku(a)
Phone: 080-6026-3109 Ms. Akiko Baba
Email: npo-mijec(a)
Phone: 080-6051-3109

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