Top 20 Japanese Schools in Melbourne

Top 20 Japanese Schools in Melbourne (2022)

There are several factors you need to take into account when choosing a Japanese school, such as its curriculum, teaching methods, student culture and extra-curricular activities. 

This post provides an overview of the Top 20 Japanese Schools In Melbourne so that you can make an informed decision about which school is right for your family. 

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    Ultimate List of Top Japanese Schools in Melbourne

    iJapanese Language & Culture School Melbourne

    0401 886 612

    Study Japanese in Melbourne with iJapanese

    In the Japanese language, the word "I" has the same pronunciation as the word for "love". At iJapanese Language & Culture School, our Japanese tutors promote a love for this ancient culture through their teachings, ensuring you'll leave our classes with a passion for the country we love so much. We pride ourselves on being the best Japanese language school for Melbourne students looking for a well-rounded experience. With us, you don't just learn to speak Japanese – you also learn about the country's culture, history and way of life. And because we have classes available for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, you can be sure that we'll cater for you. IT'S NOT AS HARD AS YOU THINK!

    Our Courses  

    At iJapanese, you will learn from trained and skilled native Japanese tutors with many years of experience teaching in schools throughout Japan and Australia. Whatever your reasons for studying this language, our mission is to ensure you gain the maximum enjoyment and benefit from all of your lessons. Our Melbourne Japanese school offers language and culture courses in:

    • General language skills
    • VCE exam preparation
    • Language Proficiency Test preparation
    • Travel survival
    • Business

    Our students can study Japanese in groups or in private lessons, and there is even room to tailor your study timetable to suit your schedule and your needs. Just ask about this when you get in touch.

    General Japanese Lessons in Melbourne (Beginner-Advanced)

    iJapanese Language & Culture School offers general Japanese classes in Melbourne for those looking to hone their language skills and gain a better understanding of Japanese culture.

    This course is designed to improve your proficiency in:

    • Spelling and grammar
    • Reading and writing
    • Speaking
    • Listening

    We especially focus on speaking, providing you with the conversational skills to communicate with confidence in any scenario, from travel to business. Whether you're looking to brush up on your speaking skills or require a basic Japanese course for beginners in Melbourne, you can rely on our friendly and professional tutors to provide assistance.

    JLPT Preparation Course in Melbourne

    Need help preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)? Let our friendly tutors give you the knowledge and skills to succeed. Our JLPT course has helped Melbourne students of all ages and skill levels tackle the test with confidence.

    The JLPT is the world's most well-recognised Japanese language test and is an indispensable addition to your résumé if you're planning to work or study in Japan. It is also a helpful benchmark for gauging your proficiency in the language, helping you to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie so you can concentrate on the areas where you need to improve.

    Our JLPT course will give you the skills and knowledge needed to pass the test, as well as provide you with some helpful strategies you can use when preparing to sit it.

    Course Details

    We offer the JLPT course at our Melbourne school over a 12-week term.

    Private Lessons – $55 per hour. Available once a week as 1-hour, 1.5-hour or 2-hour classes. Private tuition is more flexible and can be customised to suit the student's needs in terms of content and attendance.

    Semi-Private Lessons – $45 per hour (per person) – Study with a friend for a fun and engaging learning experience!

    VCE Japanese Tutor in Melbourne

    Stressing about your exams? Call iJapanese Language & Culture School. Our friendly and experienced VCE Japanese tutors have helped Melbourne students of all abilities walk into their VCE exams with confidence.

    You'll learn from native Japanese speakers who will help you with:

    • Writing essays
    • Listening skills
    • Reading skills
    • Oral preparation

    Each VCE Japanese tutor is patient, supportive, and dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. They will work closely with you to ensure the lessons meet your needs – including your ability, your areas of concern and your individual objectives.

    Course Details

    Lessons are available either in groups or privately over a 12-week term.

    Private Lessons – $55/hour – These can be customised to your individual needs. These lessons are more flexible; you can have as many as you need, and they can go for as long as you like.

    Semi-Private Lessons – $45/hour – Designed for two people, this course is perfect for you and a friend to learn together. Price is per person.

    Japanese Travel Course in Melbourne

    iJapanese offers a comprehensive Japanese travel course in Melbourne for those planning to visit Japan for business or pleasure.

    Visiting another country is always so much easier and more rewarding when you can speak the language. Not only does it make it easier to communicate with the locals, but it also lets you become more immersed in the culture, leading to a better understanding of the people and a richer travel experience that you'll always remember.

    As part of our Japanese travel course, Melbourne students will learn useful key phrases and expressions to make their travels go smoothly – as well as some important information on the culture and people of Japan. As with all our courses, we focus on teaching you the language within a wider cultural context, giving you a more well-rounded knowledge.

    Course Details

    Our Japanese travel course consists of 1.5-hour lessons that run for eight weeks.

    Group Lessons – These are $27 per hour and are available once or twice a week.

    Semi-Private – These are $38 per hour and are available to commence at your convenience, with a schedule that works for you.

    Private Lessons – These are $52 per hour and are available to commence at your convenience, with a schedule that works for you.

    Culture Courses

    Calligraphy Workshop

    This workshop is designed to teach the basics of Japanese calligraphy as well as create your very own piece of Japanese Calligraphy works. You will also have the opportunity to keep your calligraphy tools so that you can continue practising at home.

    You will learn basic skills of calligraphy writing techniques and practice balances, strokes, stops and splashes. In the end, you will create your own Japanese calligraphy art. Write your favourite word on a traditional Japanese fan or paper board!

    Needle Felting Workshop

    Needle felting is a popular fibre arts craft in Japan that is a technique for turning wool roving into 3-D objects.

    Cooking Class Workshop

    You will learn recipes and techniques and enjoy the food with green tea at the end of the class. Our classes offer unique Japanese food, both sweets and savoury.


    We hold Language Exchange Meetings and End of Term Events regularly. You can mingle with Japanese people and classmates to practise your Japanese and share your experiences.

    Business Japanese in Melbourne

    iJapanese offers a comprehensive Japanese business course in Melbourne for those preparing to visit Japan for business or entertain Japanese business clients in Australia.

    We offer business, Japanese classes for individuals or small groups at our school in Melbourne. For larger groups, we can also organise for one of our experienced Japanese teachers can visit your business location.

    Our Japanese for business course offers a comprehensive education about doing business in Japan or with Japanese businesses. This includes learning the Japanese business language, phrases, customs & etiquette. However, as every group and student has different requirements and goals for learning business Japanese, we tailor our program to your needs.

    By the end of the course, you should feel confident in any business context, whether that is greetings, presentations, entertaining clients, conducting meetings and more. As with all our courses, we focus on teaching you not only the language but a wider cultural context, giving you a more well-rounded knowledge.

    Course Details

    Our Japanese business course consists of 1-hour lessons that run for eight weeks.

    Group Lessons – Please enquire about pricing for small or large business groups.

    Semi-Private – These are $38 per hour and are available to commence at your convenience, with a schedule that works for you.

    Private Lessons – These are $52 per hour and are available to commence at your convenience, with a schedule that works for you.

    What Will You Learn?

    Depending on the course you select, your Japanese tutor will cover:

    • Reading and writing skills
    • Spelling and grammar skills
    • Listening
    • Speaking and conversation
    • Exam preparation strategies

    Our friendly Japanese school tutors strive to make each class fun as well as educational, creating a supportive environment where you can learn to speak Japanese with like-minded people who share the same goal as you. Who knows, you may even find the perfect travelling partner!

    Contact Us to Book a Lesson

    Whether you're planning a trip to Japan, you're fascinated by the country's unique culture, or you're just interested in learning a new language, iJapanese is the best Japanese language school for your needs. Our tutors work hard to make every class a valuable experience. If you would like to learn to speak Japanese, our Melbourne CBD office is waiting to take your call. We look forward to meeting you!

    JIC Language School Melbourne

    (03) 9654 5100

    Learn Japanese

    JIC Language School was established in Melbourne, Victoria, in May 2002 with an aim to create an effective and enjoyable learning environment along with a high level of support for all our students. We provide a professional service that will increase your understanding of different cultures and communication in different languages. 

    Why our school is different

    Learning Quality

    We provide various language programs, and as far as we can, we endeavour to tailor-make lessons to suit individual learning needs. We assure all of our teachers are qualified, native speakers. The enthusiasm and professionalism of our teachers will support you throughout your language learning experience.

    On-Site Class

    We believe in small groups (3-10 students per class), flexible class times and friendly teachers. The benefit of small classes is you get a lot of opportunities to ask questions and get to know your classmates quickly to promote a relaxed but vibrant environment.

    Language Instructors

    JIC's instructors are all approachable and well prepared before the classes. They are always willing to assist if you encounter any problems. 

    Course Information

    Japanese Classes

    Japanese is available as Group and Private Lessons. Group Lessons are conducted using 'the direct method' (immersion), by which students are fully immersed in the Japanese language and culture. At JIC, classes are conducted entirely in Japanese. Learn the language using our original textbook and other valuable resources. Our unique textbook contains numerous practical expressions which you may apply immediately in daily life. Courses encompass all levels for general classes. VCE, JLPT support, and Kids classes are also available. This applies to our online classes as well.

    Japanese Australia Online Language School

    0430 103 664


    It all started with an IKEA table.

    In 2006, our first classroom was the storeroom of a manga cafe, just enough to fit a white LACK table, four stools, a whiteboard with wobbly wheels, and a closet to store textbooks. 

    Fifteen years later, we now occupy the top level of a building with eleven classrooms, smack bang in the middle of Melbourne CBD. 

    We have taught families and students, Apple geniuses, ATO managers, council members, and even a Channel Nine news anchor. We are well-versed in engaging students from all backgrounds, culturally and geographically. 

    Thanks to (no sarcasm here) COVID-19, we moved our Japanese lessons online, and to our surprise, many students enjoyed it. 

    Particularly those who had to travel long and far. The students who hated coming into the city, the lack of parking, the introverts. Some even get to learn with their friends/families from different countries. Students who prefer to learn in their pyjamas, in the comfort of their own home. 

    And then we thought, hang on, if we can teach remotely to outer Melbourne, we can also teach to the whole of Australia. 

    Even the world.

    And thus, Japanese Australia was born. Our goal is to be the bridge between Japan, Australia, and the rest of the world. 

    The core value of our school is our students' obsession with Japan.

    The bigger the obsession, the more eager they are willing to learn. 

    Not only do they want to get there ASAP, but they also want to be more than a tourist. They want to interact with the culture. The new, the old, the hidden, the shiny. They want to absorb all of it.

    So rather than pretending we're in Japan, we try our best to prepare them for the real deal.  

    The benefits of learning with us:

    Speak with a real person. 

    Podcasts, online tutorials are useful, but real people in real life talk differently. Learn the slang and intonation, learn how to respond accordingly. 

    Instant response. 

    If you have any questions, your teachers and classmates can discuss and answer in real-time. 

    Having a lesson plan means learning even when you don't feel motivated. 80% of success is showing up. Change comes from habit, and we're building muscle memory for you to learn the language. 

    All of our students have their own reasons to learn the Japanese language - to prepare for a holiday, a business trip, to impress the father-in-law in Fukuoka, upskilling, manga and anime, or simply because they want to try something new in life. 

    If any of the above sounds like you, rest assured we have the right course to get you on track. 

    We are professional, experienced and based in Australia.  

    The benefits of our online lessons

    Qualified Teachers.

    Our teachers have gone through at least 420 hours of Japanese government accredited training or passed a Japanese Teaching Competency Test or an equivalent degree.

    Beginner's Starter Kit. 

    If you're a beginner, we will send you a kit to help you practise Japanese before, during and after your lessons. At your own home, at your own pace.

    Free Level-Assessment. 

    If you have learnt Japanese before, we'll provide a free assessment so you can start at the appropriate level and not waste precious time.

    Personalised Feedback. 

    Our experienced teachers will analyse your strengths and weaknesses and advice on what needs to be improved and customise your future Japanese lessons.

    Our main point of difference is that we are a physical language school in Melbourne focusing on teaching Japanese with over 200 students. 

    Call us right now, and you'll be speaking to either Asami-sensei or Hellena-san. Not a diverted 1800 number. 

    Our teachers have the support, the resources and the expertise to make you excel. We look forward to meeting you (online). Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

    Our Online Courses

    Japanese Australia employs the direct teaching method (teaching Japanese in Japanese).

    We run online lessons with the aid of Japanese / international news sites, online magazines, blogs, images, and videos. Both teachers and students use search engines, digital libraries and share files with each other in real-time. 

    We are not saying it's better than a traditional face-to-face lesson; they're just different like Ringo and mikan. 

    Please see below for what we have to offer. 


    Everyone has to start somewhere. We will teach you how to read, write, speak and listen to the Japanese language. New vocabulary and grammar will be constantly introduced, and you will learn to communicate in a variety of situations, whether at work, school, college or in the Japanese community. After the completion of our beginner course, you will achieve the equivalent of the JLPT N5 level.


    If you have experience in learning Japanese, book a free level assessment at your convenience, skip the line and start immediately!

    JLPT Preparation

    The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is the benchmark to evaluate and certify non-native Japanese's level of proficiency in the language. Want to work or study in Japan? Then you need to pass the JLPT. Click here for more information.

    Year 11 & 12 

    If you've chosen Japanese as a subject in your year 11 and 12 examinations, you need all the help you can get. We have teachers who are experienced in HSC, VCE, QCE and other equivalent examinations to ace your ATAR.

    Study in Japan.

    What is better than studying Japanese? Studying Japanese in Japan. We organise language courses, cultural activities, summer camps, even paid internships around Japan. Pick your city and BYO passport. (Don't worry, we'll help with visa, airport pick up, homestay)

    The JLPT

    What is JLPT?

    The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, or JLPT, is a standardised test to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers.

    There are five levels: N5 being the lowest level up to N1, which even native Japanese struggle to pass. Each level gets exponentially challenging. 

    For example, all the characters you see here are the kanji (漢字) you need to master to pass N5. N4 has another 500 kanji, N3 has another 1500, and so on. This is only kanji, and we still have listening, reading and grammar to tackle. 

    To work or study tertiary education in Japan, one needs an N2 certificate.

    A survey by the Japan Foundation reveals that 33% of applicants took the test just to measure their own level of proficiency. 

    In short, taking the JLPT is the only way to know if your Japanese is any good. 

    Where, when, how?

    In Australia, the test is held on the first Sunday of December every year. (Brisbane gets July too!) 

    Enrolling on the JLPT is the students' own responsibility - we are not allowed to apply on the students' behalf. Be aware that enrolments for the JLPT are only accepted during a strict time period each year between July-September. The test fee is usually around $100. 

    So, how long does it take to pass the JLPT? 

    If you are a total beginner and learning part-time, you'll need to set aside at least one year to pass the N5 level.

    It really, really depends on your ability, habit, and determination. The best time to start is last year. The next best time is today. 

    We run a JLPT preparation course all year round. 

    We start with grammar between February to June, listening and reading from July to September, and mock exams from October to November. Kanji and vocabulary will be drilled constantly during the whole year.

    Our October mock exams are a good way to assess your Japanese language skill against the official levels. We will test you just like JLPT – each component will take 25 to 30 minutes, and we will provide feedback after to help you tackle the official test.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The Japanese language programs enable students to develop strong cross-cultural communication skills and foster a broader engagement with Japanese culture. Japanese is one of the most important languages for Australia's cultural and trading relations within the Asian region.

    Japanese is the official language of Japan, Australia's northern neighbour in the Asia region. It is also widely used by communities of speakers in Hawaii, Peru and Brazil, and learnt as an additional language by large numbers of students in the Republic of Korea, China, Indonesia and Australia

    In 2016 there were around 14,700 enrolments for Japanese students on a student visa, for English language study in Australia (7,367), vocational and technical education (4,128) and higher education (just under 1,493).

    The Japanese government's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT, also known as Monbukagakusho) offers scholarships annually to Australian citizens who wish to study at Japanese universities. The four categories are: Undergraduate, Research, Teacher Training, and Japanese Studies.

    The JLPT N5 is the first level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). To pass the JLPT N5, you need to be comfortable reading hiragana, katakana, as well as about 100 kanji. In addition, you should have a vocabulary of about 800 words.

    Huntingdale Primary School - Japanese School Melbourne

    03 9544 2313

    Meet our Principal

    Welcome to Huntingdale Primary School! I am proud to be the Principal of this wonderful Victorian Government school which provides an extraordinary education for all our students. Huntingdale Primary School is a vibrant place that encourages learning, laughter and plays in a friendly and warm environment. Our school is widely recognised both in Australia and internationally as a leader in bilingual education through the success of the outstanding Japanese Bilingual Language Immersion Education.

    Learning a language is the greatest gift we give our children at Huntingdale Primary School. Through our exceptional bilingual learning, all our children are immersed in the Japanese language. Research has long recognised immersion as the most natural way for young children to learn a language.

    Our school motto is- Engaging Minds Together.

    'Engaging' children each and every day in a safe and secure environment is a key focus. We know that without children feeling safe, they are unable to engage fully with their learning. The key to engagement is curiosity and creativity, and these are key elements in the children's explorations and learnings each day at school.

    'Minds' are what benefit from our unique bilingual education. The academic rigour and the power of how we work at Huntingdale are in the careful curriculum planning that underpins the learning as one whole. Research shows that learning another language stimulates brain development, enhances English literacy skills and improves memory, concentration and numeracy skills.

    'Together', we achieve more. The students in isolation will explore but require guidance and scaffolding to excel. More can be achieved with a partnership between the child, teacher and parents, which truly achieves the greatest outcomes.

    Through our bilingual education each day, our students develop critical and creative thinking, personal and social skills and intercultural understandings. Our students are challenged to see their world using an 'international lens', and the experiences offered at the school support this.

    As a teaching team, we are committed to providing all children with the opportunity to achieve through our highly differentiated curriculum. Extensive use of technology, thinking tools and a wide range of extra-curricular activities extend and enrich their learning.

    The culture of our school is underpinned by our deep belief that childhood is a precious and unique moment in time. Children need to be nurtured in a quiet yet stimulating environment. Childhood is a time to be exposed to a wide range of cultural and artistic experiences to discover talents, ignite curiosity, passion and optimism. The 'Early Years' of schooling are when a child develops their self-esteem as a learner, and this growth needs to be nurtured and developed with care and dedication. This crucial time is also when strong foundations in Literacy and numeracy are built to ensure future success.

    School Vision & Values

    In defining our Vision and Values for our school community, it is essential we look to the future and the world and workplace our students will be entering as adults. Huntingdale's vision is future-oriented, providing:

    • Excellent Literacy and numeracy skills
    • Authentic language competency in an additional language (Japanese) and deep intercultural understandings
    • Thinking skills to access, synthesise and transfer information in a 21st-century knowledge economy
    • High level personal and interpersonal skills to facilitate strong social connectedness and personal well-being

    The following values are central to the life of our school, and all members of the school community are required to demonstrate them:

    • Kindness
    • Courage
    • Personal Best
    • Creativity

    As a school community, we apply these attributes in our everyday interactions with one another and in the development of our programs and policies.

    Our School Motto 'Engaging Minds Together' underpins the quality of our teaching and learning. When these three powerful words come together, we have a way of working whilst also explaining why we all call Huntingdale 'our school'.

    'Engaging' the children each and every day in a safe and secure environment is a key focus for each and every one of us. We know that if the children are not feeling safe, they are unable to engage fully with their learning. The key to engagement is curiosity and creativity, and these are key elements in the children's explorations and learnings each day at school.

    'Minds' are what benefit from our unique bilingual education. Without the Japanese program, there is a monolingual education, but without the English program, there is also a monolingual program. The academic rigour and the power of how we work at Huntingdale are in the careful curriculum planning that underpins the program as one whole. The neuroscience that lies behind our well-being and academic programs and the benefits of our bilingual education bring the 'mind' element.

    'Together', we achieve more. The children in isolation will explore but require guidance and scaffolding. The children with a teacher achieve more through a gradual release of responsibility stemming from modelling through to independent application in a real-life setting. The children, teachers, parents and families, however, are what truly achieve the greatest outcomes.

    Our commitment to preparing our students for success in a global 21st century through innovative teaching and learning programs attracts students from both the local neighbourhood and a wide range of suburbs. The educational experience provided for students is multi-dimensional, extending well beyond the physical parameters of the school. This is embodied in a diverse range of educational and cultural events in the broader community through excursions, in-school visits, family involvement, camps, overseas trip, international visitors and a range of individual, group and whole school performances.

    Our students are taught in two languages, English and Japanese and view the world through an international lens. Our school has a reputation for strong academic achievement, authentic bilingual education, happy and engaged students, dedicated, enthusiastic and professional staff and a highly supportive parent community.

    You can learn more about our school by reading our Statement Of Values And School Philosophy. The school has a Lighthouse vision which can be accessed here. This was developed with input from School Council, parents, teachers and students.

    Japanese Bilingual Immersion Learning

    Bilingual education is the cornerstone of learning at Huntingdale Primary School. The school embarked on Bilingual Education in Term 3, 1997 and has grown over the last 25 years.

    The success of our Bilingual education is grounded in research into best practices in language immersion:

    • Immersion is the most natural way for young children to learn a second language.
    • In the Japanese classroom, students are only spoken to in Japanese. They can ask questions in English, but the response will always be in Japanese.
    • The Japanese speaking classroom teachers must have a native level of fluency and cross-cultural understanding.
    • The two classroom teachers (English and Japanese speaking teachers) plan together, so learning is supported in both languages.
    • Both languages (English and Japanese) and both cultures (Australian and Japanese) are valued and reflected in school performances and community events.

    In our Foundation to year three levels, the Japanese Bilingual Model is called 50/50, meaning 50% of the curriculum is taught in English, including Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Visual Arts, Physical Education and Inquiry (Science / Humanities) and the other 50% of the curriculum is taught in Japanese including Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Mathematics, Dance and Drama. Well-being is taught in both languages.

    In Years 4 – 6, the English speaking teacher is responsible for the daily two-hour Literacy and the daily one-hour Numeracy teaching. The Japanese speaking teacher takes the class for four and a half hours across the week: two and a half hours a week of Japanese Literacy and two hours a week of Inquiry (Science and Humanities). Visual Art, Music and Physical Education or eLearning are taught in Japanese for one hour each week by specialist teachers. Assembly is presented bilingually in both languages.

    Innovation & Excellence Award

    In 2011, Huntingdale was awarded the Curriculum Innovation Award as part of the Victorian Education Excellence Awards for our work on Inward Reflection – Outward Connection.

    The award recognised the work done by all staff across our school. The focus of the Award was:

    'The highly innovative and reflective Bilingual teaching and learning at Huntingdale showcases best practices in second language learning. It provides students with skills, knowledge and understanding of learning in and through two languages. With a focus on English and Japanese bilingualism, the school is dedicated to supporting children to become global citizens by instilling a deep understanding of culture and fostering an international perspective in which children see similarities before they see differences. This Award will enable us to further research Bilingual school systems and the underpinning teaching and learning and school organisation that optimise learning outcomes in two languages.'

    The award enabled us to explore effective literacy practice in bilingual and multilingual settings and participate in the Intercultural Understanding Field Trial. The whole school now has a shared understanding of intercultural understanding and awareness and how to cater for this at developmentally appropriate levels across the school.

    Sister School Relationships

    Senior students Japan Trip

    Traditionally, all Senior students are provided with the opportunity to travel to Japan in the odd year of their last two years of schooling at Huntingdale. This is funded by parents. The school has a Sister School relationship with Kuramochi Primary School, and this is a key location in our trip.

    During the visit to Japan, the children stay at authentic accommodation where they are immersed in traditional Japanese culture, including Japanese cuisine, traditional bathing and sleeping on tatami mats. The children also spend time at Kuramochi Primary School and stay with host families during that time. It is an extraordinary opportunity for our students.

    The school also has a long-standing relationship with Shioya Junior High. Each year the school visits Huntingdale Primary School. Their students participate in normal classes as well as participating in cultural activities. Each student also has a homestay experience with one of our families.

    International College of Melbourne

    03 9662 3343


    International College of Melbourne (ICM) is a National VET regulator (NVR) Registered Training Organisation (RTO). We offer training and assessment in nationally recognised qualification courses. We are also registered for the provision of vocational education and training to international students studying in Australia. Our aim at ICM is to deliver courses and other learning experiences that will empower our students to learn fully, effectively, efficiently, and with great satisfaction.

    We continuously seek new ways to maximise the potential of our training environment to support students' learning and to minimise those elements that may impede it. ICM aims to fulfil this mission with a commitment to deliver quality training programs for learners through established collaborations with industry and other education institutes across Australia. ICM's innovative courses are delivered by our highly qualified staff, who have abundant experience and continuous involvement in their fields. Our campus is located in the Melbourne CBD, close to all public transport and other amenities.

    The ICM campus is equipped with modern facilities and has a trainer to student ratio that enable individual participation in learning. We provide a range of face-to-face support for all students. Students are provided with a caring, supportive environment by our multilingual staff. Students can also access professional support and advice to assist them or help them overcome particular problems.

    ICM is committed to providing and promoting non-discriminatory, inclusive practices and processes to provide equal opportunities for all students to achieve their learning outcomes. We strive to ensure that decision-making processes reflect a commitment to access and equity and treat all students or prospective students fairly and equally.

    About Us


    The mission of the International College of Melbourne is to provide global educational opportunities that emphasise skills and knowledge that will allow the student to adjust through a lifetime of social and technological changes and thus become a part of the global workforce. We recognise that education is vital in developing skills needed for a productive society and essential in promoting the individual's sense of worth, values, and high ethical standards.

    ICM is committed to offering quality education that meets the needs of its students and assisting them in clarifying and pursuing their professional and educational goals. In fulfilling our mission, the institution sets forth the following objectives:

    • To provide a varied selection of academic curricula in business and specialised areas enriched with instruction in general education.
    • Providing the students with a background of job skills will enhance their employability opportunities.
    • To provide the students with fundamental skills which contribute to success in their careers and in their personal endeavours.
    • To lead the student in the self-discovery process of clarifying and raising the individual's goals and achievements commensurate with the student's potential.
    • To provide a framework and atmosphere of learning which will enhance the student's capability to demonstrate ethical and moral values in professional, personal, and business situations.
    • To strive for and maintain excellence in business, specialised, and general education by systematically reviewing classroom facilities, equipment, curricula, faculty, and staff.
    • To make available our student's activities and experiences, which foster personal growth and leadership qualities that will assist students in their social, vocational, and academic pursuits.
    • To maintain a process of communication with the community of employers to ensure relevant curricula to meet the developing needs of the industry.



    We value responsible, accountable, ethical behaviour in an atmosphere of honest, open communication with mutual respect and caring for each other.


    We value creative risk-taking and the enthusiastic pursuit of new ideas.

    Continuous Improvement

    We value continuous improvement of our programs, services, and processes through employee empowerment and professional development in a team-based culture.

    Customer Focus

    We value commitment to students' success and satisfaction by responding to customer needs.


    We value an educational environment that attracts, nurtures, and supports a diverse student and staff community.

    Continuing Education

    We offer a variety of training and professional programs.

    Promotion Of Cross-Cultural Understanding And Appreciation

    We will promote through instructional and social activities that contribute to cultural awareness and interaction.

    Academic Support Services

    We will provide students with Academic services that include a comprehensive learning resource centre and basic skills activities that complement instruction.

    Student Support Services

    We will strive to provide assessment, advising, counselling, tutoring, and social and cultural activities for all students, including those with special needs.

    The University of Melbourne - Japanese Studies

    03 9035 5523

    Australia's leading University

    Our distinctive Melbourne experience helps graduates become well-rounded, thoughtful and skilled professionals – making a positive impact across the globe.

    Our research helps solve social, economic and environmental challenges the world is facing today and in the future. We're tightly connected with our communities, at home and around the globe – a connection that enriches our learning, teaching and research.

    The University of Melbourne has a rich and fascinating past spanning 160 years.

    Every building, every department and every period of time has its own story. While some of these stories have been recounted many times over, a great number remain to be written.

    Beginning as a cluster of buildings set in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students, the University now sits at the heart of a thriving international city.

    Today over 8000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of more than 48 000, including more than 13 000 international students from over 130 countries around the world.

    Japanese Studies

    Japan's position in Asia and the world is one full of apparent contradictions and unexpected outcomes.

    How did one of the oldest political and economic systems survive complete defeat in the Pacific War and rise to power again in the 1980s? Considering this influential economy, how do we explain rising figures of unemployment and retrenchment? In a frequently conservative society, how do we account for the radical and often ground-breaking achievements of Japanese artists in the field of popular and underground culture? How are these cultural forms translated into commodities consumed in other Asian and non-Asian societies?

    Japanese language classes for a range of competencies, from beginners level for students with little or no knowledge of the language to more advanced levels for students with prior experience. Students will receive a comprehensive grounding in the Japanese language with opportunities to focus on social and cultural areas of interest that include society, politics, media, gender, linguistics, and literature. The study of Japanese society gives the individual insight not only into a deep and diverse culture but also provides important contrasts when considering various nations' roles in the Asia Pacific region. An understanding of the Japanese language and society contributes to students' wider understanding of these complex and fascinating cultural, historical, political and economic flows in Asia.

    What will I study?

    Take on subjects from Introduction to Japanese Communication and Reading Japanese Literature through to Social Problems in Japan and Japanese through the Media. You will also develop a broad understanding of cultural, social and historical aspects of Japan. Japanese Studies subjects such as Social Problems in Japan help you understand the complexity and diversity of the society and challenge stereotypes.

    Your course structure

    The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of 24 subjects (300-points), including at least one major. Most students study eight subjects each year (usually four subjects in each semester) for three years full-time or the part-time equivalent.

    Most Arts majors require 100 points of study (usually eight subjects) for attainment. This means out of your 300-point program; you have the opportunity to achieve two majors in your course.


    Students completing a major or minor in Japanese Studies will need to complete a certain distribution of compulsory and elective subjects based on their entry point. The core subjects in Japanese are organised in a progressive sequence from Japanese 1 through to Japanese 8. Entry and exit points are determined by the Japanese Studies program based on the student's background in the language, placement testing or prerequisites. Students normally progress through the subjects in consecutive order.


    Breadth is a unique feature of the Melbourne curriculum. It gives you the chance to explore subjects outside of the arts, develop new perspectives and learn to collaborate with others who have different strengths and interests — just as you will in your future career.

    Some of our students use breadth to explore creative interests or topics they have always been curious about. Others used breadth to improve their career prospects by complementing their major with language, communication skills or business expertise.

    Where will this take me?

    Career outcomes

    Completing a major or minor in Japanese Studies gives you a sound understanding of the Japanese language and society. Developing transferable and highly valued skills will enhance your career options in many fields such as government, industry and commerce, teaching, publishing, and translation.

    The University has long-established partnerships in student exchange and research with over a dozen of Japan's elite universities.

    Avivo Australia Japanese School

    0499 999 831

    About Us

    Avivo Australia is dedicated to tailored and vibrant tutoring. We engage students with a relatable tutor to deliver information in an easy to understand way.

    Our vision is to create an exceptional learning experience. We do this by listening to our students and working with them to achieve individual outcomes.

    We use innovative methods to understand each student's learning style and goals. This allows tutors to engage students with techniques to either improve or strengthen core competencies or consolidate and extend developed technical skills. The use of mindfulness, study planning and effective time management are also encouraged for achieving peak learning performance.

    We work closely with education and health professionals to refine our service to deliver what matters.

    Avivo's elite tutoring team constantly keeps up to date with the new curriculum, current issues confronting young people, monitoring student and parent expectations, implementing improvements and innovating the way we deliver our service.

    Avivo believes in working smarter, not harder and focuses on rewarding personal achievement rather than simply measuring academic success.


    • Tutoring In Melbourne
    • Our Relationship With You
    • Experienced Role Model Tutors

    Avivo works with you to create a tailored tutoring experience with a subject specialist tutor you can relate to on a one on one basis. We tutor all ages in all subjects, and we are VCE & IB specialists.

    Student Success

    We proudly celebrate the personal achievements of our students.

    Our Approach

    Your Wellbeing First

    We use an integrated approach to tutoring by encouraging you to fully understand the importance of mental and physical well-being for learning. We enhance your learning by providing a combination of highly personalised one on one tutoring sessions and, when necessary, help you embrace mindfulness and the practice of relaxation to relieve stress and anxiety.

    Managing Information Overload

    Working Smarter, Not Harder

    Feel like you're drowning in information from school and the internet? At times, it can be overwhelming, and you can lose sight of what is necessary to learn. At Avivo, we simplify the information and process for consuming knowledge by showing you how to cut through the clutter and look at what's relevant.

    Tutoring Mindset

    Tutoring is Not a Substitute for Study

    Making the decision to be tutored in your academic studies requires the same commitment as learning an instrument. Daily practice is essential to mastering an instrument, understanding new music and consolidating techniques.

    Tutoring should be viewed in the same way. The curriculum is delivered at school by your teacher. A tutoring session is the opportunity to ask questions and master skills and techniques. Tutoring is a commitment to enhancing your learning, not an alternative to daily study.

    Detuning Expectations

    Busting the ATAR Myth

    ATAR is a ranking, not an indicator of your ability to succeed at university.

    As experienced educators, we have first-hand experience of the university admission process within Australia and at many overseas institutions. In Australia, the ATAR provides tertiary institutions with a guide to academic ability, but it is not a true indicator of your ability to succeed at university.

    Tertiary Providers are also increasingly recognising the value of other personal attributes held by a student. Many courses now provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their suitability using a multi-selection process which can include an audition, portfolio, interview and/or aptitude test, as well as awards and achievements to date.

    Achieving your desired ATAR provides you with the path of least resistance to your first choice of course. However, your ATAR is only one way to gain entry to a tertiary course. There are now many other study pathways for a chosen career.

    Balancing Act

    Balance Work and Play

    We have a strong academic focus but also believe in downtime. That's why we don't know tutors on Fridays, as everyone deserves a break and the opportunity to do something different. Our tutors are happy to help you work through strategies such as study planning and time management so you, too, can balance study and play. Avivo tutors have all been where you are and have great tips and strategies for managing a balanced lifestyle as a student.

    BBI College - Japanese School Melbourne

    02 9264 8810


    From Japanese Beginners to Advanced Japanese learners!

    Your Japanese study at BBICollege is tailored for your study goal. General Japanese is for broad purposes such as staying in Japan for a couple of months and studying/working in Japan, and Travel Japanese is an intensive course for your quick preparation for a trip to Japan. Japanese Private Lesson allows you to focus on what you want to improve. The Japanese Special Beginner course is a great chance to start your Japanese study!

    Why BBICollege?

    BBICollege Japanese Language School is able to help you not only to give them opportunities to learn Japanese but also to assist your journey to Japan as we are managed by BBI, which arranges all the things for study, stay and work in Japan for Australian.

    About BBICollege

    Learning Japanese at BBIC will be the bridge straight to your goal through Japanese lessons and uncompetitive contributions to Japanese schools in Japan.

    Japan Education Fair

    BBICollege has organised Japan Education Fair in Australia since 2011. Perfect opportunity to talk with educational organisations from Japan.

    Study / Work in Japan

    Learning Japanese in Japan is the most efficient way to improve your language skill. BBIC is able to assist you to go to Japan.

    Japanese Course

    BBIC Japanese Language School provides a variety of classes. General Japanese (Beginner/Upper-Beginner/Pre-Intermediate/Intermediate/Advanced), Travel Japanese, JLPT preparation, HSC Preparation, Private Japanese Lesson. Our Japanese group lesson and the private lesson can commit to your needs and goals of your Japanese study through intensive teaching methods at the most affordable price in Sydney.


    • From Japanese Beginner to Advanced
    • Structured Japanese study with affordable fee
    • Continuous study for your goal and purpose of Japanese study


    • Intensive course for preparing communication with Japanese people
    • Learning useful phrases and expressions
    • Focusing on conversation rather than grammar


    • Exam preparation for JLPT applicants
    • Ten weeks program for finishing up your Japanese study
    • Study and exam tips will be introduced to answer the questions efficiently


    • Exam preparation for HSC Japanese students
    • Flexible and tailored class to develop student's strengths and improve weakness
    • Studying with an experienced and native Japanese teacher


    • Flexible and tailored class for student's needs and goal
    • Affordable fee with an experienced and passionate teacher
    • You can re-schedule your lesson without a cancellation fee


    • Cheapest group lesson ever!
    • Japanese Trial Class is Every Thursday 6 pm-7:30 pm
    • Learning useful expressions and phrases through a variety of activities

    The mixture of Indirect and Direct Methods

    Some schools use the Direct method, in which teachers use Japanese to teach Japanese. It is said that the Direct method leads students to understand more receptive languages. It is true, but the Direct method sometimes leads to misunderstanding. Therefore, we use both the Direct method and Indirect method so that the students are confident and ready to ask and answer questions, and they are more capable in class.

    Japanese Trial Class – 'Thursday Class'

    If you would like to experience the Direct method, yes, we provide a Japanese Trial Class course on Thursday night. That's why we call the class 'Thursday Class'. The Thursday class is being run separately from other General Japanese courses. Teachers in this class will be an adviser (qualified and experienced Japanese teachers) and trainees who are taking Japanese teacher training courses. Mainly trainees would teach Japanese and Japanese culture with an adviser. Therefore, the course fee is cheaper than the normal Beginner course. However, again, it is a great opportunity to study Japanese with the Direct method to develop your Japanese through a variety of interesting activities.

    The course is 1.5 hours×10weeks in one term, and you need to complete two terms to finish the normal General Japanese Beginner1. After finishing those courses, you are entitled to continue the course from the Japanese Beginner 2 with the right assessment.

    Dandenong High School - Japanese School Melbourne

    03 9792 0563

    History of Dandenong High School

    Since its humble beginnings in 1919 as the twenty-fourth district government high school with an initial enrolment of 104 students, Dandenong High School has always led the way. It was the first secondary school southeast of the City in the market town of Dandenong; it then underwent a regeneration project, commencing in 2009, to become a 'super school' with seven new award-winning house buildings catering for over 2,000 students.

    The very start

    When the school opened, as a result of the determined efforts of a group of leading citizens approaching education officials, students were placed in temporary accommodation in the local Fire Station, Temperance Hall and Church of Christ. The foundation stone was laid in November 1919, and by 1920, the permanent and substantial two-storey red brick building was ready. Almost immediately, the growth in student numbers meant the facilities were inadequate, necessitating urgent extensions. This pattern was to be repeated throughout the coming decades. A new wing was soon added, forming its familiar quadrangle, visible today.

    Part of the early school's amenities, spartan as they were, included stables used by students arriving on horseback from nearby farms. The outpost nature of the school, and the fact it was one of only six suburban high schools, saw a significant proportion of students travelling long distances, spending well over an hour by bus or train, many coming from Gippsland. They also came from the Ferntree Gully and Scoresby districts, and from Oakleigh and Murrumbeena, along the Melbourne rail line.

    The proud traditions of the school were forged early with the visionary leadership of the first Headmaster, Mr P. C. Langford. Langford came to Dandenong not long after experiencing the devastation and upheavals of the Great War, establishing a school that engendered both discipline and hope in a bright future for its pupils. The school's colours of dark blue, light blue and red were derived from those of his Regiment, the 4th Light Horse. He also chose the motto with care, and it is one fit for any age: Faber Quisque Fortunae – Everyone is the Architect of their own Destiny.

    A Personal Story: R. A. Reed

    I made my first direct contact with Dandenong High School when, as a young teacher, I took a football team from Essendon High School to play Dandenong High School on the oval at the rear of the school. I think the year was 1927. I remember that it was a rough oval in those days, with one end appreciably higher than the other, and that the school building then consisted entirely of the original two-storey brick block, open on the northern side. As a matter of historical fact, I have to record that Essendon won the match, but Essendon High was then a big school and Dandenong a small one.

    However, Dandenong High School was known to me before this time, as I had been in Teachers' College with some ex-students of that school, notably Reg Singleton, Fred Searle, and Marie Facey, and found that there was a strong loyalty to the old school. I well remember that Headmaster, Mr P. Langford, then a staunch bachelor and still a cricketer of some note, whose friendly personality made a deep impression on me. By the end of the 1920s, Dandenong High School was no longer a young high school; it had an assured place among the secondary schools of the State and was going from strength to strength.

    I feel that it has never looked back. It has had its problems and difficulties at times, too many pupils at some stages, hardly ever enough room, poor facilities for special subjects and the rest of it, but it never lost its unique character, which appeared to me to combine rugged independence with a forthright approach to school matters. Perhaps it owed something to its semirural environment in the early days. It has never lacked progressive principals, great teachers, distinguished pupils, enthusiastic and determined parents, and many improvements from the persistent drive of people such as these.

    As a building, Dandenong High School will always be something of an agglomerate because so many parts of it have been erected at different times, but as a school, it will always have cohesion. Dandenong High School is about people, past, present and future. It is these people who give it strength. Long may it continue to flourish!

    Japanese Partner School


    Since 2007, Dandenong High School and Sakuyakonohana High School have alternated visits between the school every year. Similar to Dandenong High School, Sakuyakonohana High School was previously two schools that merged to create one larger school. It is a common belief between the two schools that shared experiences both inside and outside the classroom are important in helping to foster a positive relationship between the two vastly different cultures.

    Sakuyakonohana's most recent visit to Dandenong occurred in July 2015. The staff and students from Sakuyakonohana High School experienced an exciting week, attending classes and special workshops at Dandenong High School, including Aboriginal dot painting, dance, music, AFL skills and cooking (Anzac biscuits). During the week, there were also a number of excursions, and the Japanese delegation was able to attend an AFL game (Melbourne vs Brisbane) at the MCG, visited Healesville Sanctuary to see Australia's native fauna and went exploring in the City and at Queen Victoria market.

    The Japanese students were eager to interact with the students and staff of Dandenong High School, sharing their knowledge of Japan and learning about the Dandenong High School culture.

    This most recent visit has further developed the relationships between the two schools. This important relationship will be further strengthened and developed in 2016 when students and staff from Dandenong High School reciprocate the visit by visiting Sakuyakonohana High School in Osaka, Japan.

    Japanese Melbourne Language School

    0430 103 600

    Learn Japanese with Japanese Melbourne Language School


    Japanese Melbourne Language School offers face-to-face and Japanese online lessons across all levels – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Conversational, JLPT or VCE preparation, even the chance to study and work in Japan.

    The average size of our group lessons is five students. We provide Japanese lessons six days a week.

    If you have experience in learning Japanese, we encourage you to book an online level assessment with one of our experienced staff here, free of charge.

    Our Japanese language lessons go for 50 minutes, 80 minutes, or 100 minutes, once or twice a week, both group and private.

    Our past students include ATO managers, television newscasters, local artists, town council members, Apple Geniuses, families planning their first trip to Japan, software engineers, photographers, primary school teachers, art directors, Santa Claus, architects, manga addicts, students from Saudi Arabia, and more.

    About Japanese Melbourne Language School

    JM has been operating as a Japanese language school in Melbourne for almost 15 years.

    The school started with an Ikea LACK table in a storeroom in 2007 to now occupies the top level of a building in CBD with 11 classrooms.

    We are an Australian school with a Japanese heart.

    All of our teachers are native Japanese.

    We are the first school to populate the 'direct-teaching' method in Melbourne.

    The direct-teaching method immerses the students in a full Japanese environment.

    As most Japanese don't speak English in Japan (well, they do, they're just really, really shy most of the time), we teach our students to adapt and improve faster with the DT method.

    Different people learn Japanese for different reasons: to prepare for a personal or business trip to Japan, to impress your Japanese father-in-law, to pick up another language as a hobby, to understand manga and anime, or simply to find out what exactly is an Oyako-don.

    Rest assured, we have the right course to get you on track.

    Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

    Course Info


    If you have never studied Japanese before (or have studied a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away), this is the course for you. We will teach you the initial gist to read, write, speak and listen to the Japanese language. New vocabulary and grammar will be constantly introduced, and you will learn to communicate in a variety of situations, whether at work, school, college or in the Japanese community.

    After you complete our beginner course, you will achieve the equivalent level of JLPT N5.

    Intermediate & Advanced

    After completing eight terms of Beginner lessons, we will continue to build from the previous level and start guiding you into a more intermediate (JLPT N4 equivalent) and advanced (JLPT N3 equivalent) level of the Japanese language. Eventually, your Japanese will be so fluent, and you will be dreaming in Japanese. You have been warned.

    VCE & VCE Preparation

    If you've chosen Japanese as your LOTE subject in the Victorian Certificate of Education, chances are, you need all the help you can get. We have teachers who are experienced in all four units for both VCE and pre-VCE lessons.

    Summer Holiday

    With up to five lessons a week, this is a language boot camp to build up your Japanese language muscle over the summer holidays. We normally offer a 10% discount for this course to celebrate the end of the year. Click here for more information.

    JLPT Preparation

    The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is held every December in Melbourne.

    We provide preparation training for the JLPT starting in July every year. We also run JLPT mock tests during October and November.

    Study and work in Japan

    What is better than studying Japanese? Studying Japanese while you're in Japan, of course! By spending a week in Japan, you can experience the Japanese culture and customs first-hand and also enjoy the opportunity to take part in local festivals. Get to know Japan intimately during the holiday season and witness the first sunrise in Nippon. How awesome is that?

    Japanese Language Proficiency Test

    Can you recognise all the 漢字 (kanji) above?

    They are all the kanji you need to understand to pass the N5 level of JLPT.

    The JLPT is the benchmark prepared by the Japan Foundation to assess and certify the Japanese language skills of non-native speakers.

    Where, When, How

    The test is held on the first Sunday of December in Melbourne every year.

    The application process starts July – September.

    It is usually held at the RMIT City Campus.

    There are five levels: N5 – N1, with N5 being the lowest level and N1 the most advanced. The test consists of four parts: Listening, Reading, Grammar, and Vocabulary.

    Passing the test requires both achieving an overall pass mark for the total points and passing each section individually – so one cannot pass by doing well on the written section but poorly on the listening section.

    Each level gets exponentially challenging.

    For example, N5 has 100 kanji, N4 has another 500, N3 has another 1500 and so on.

    To work or study tertiary education in Japan, you need AT LEAST an N2 certificate. That's why anytime is a good time to start preparing.


    We provide preparation for the JLPT all year round. The structure of our JLPT prep course is usually grammar from February to June, listening and reading from July to September, and mock exams from October to November. Kanji and vocabulary will be drilled during the whole year.

    Of course, we are happy to create a study plan for your personal needs.

    The Japanese School of Melbourne

    03 9528 1945

    Greetings from the principal

    Located in the southeastern part of the Australian continent, Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is Australia's second-largest city after Sydney and is said to be the most livable city in the world. In the centre of the City, "City" 19th-century buildings and modern skyscrapers are in good contrast, and there are many wide streets, gardens and parks surrounded by trees, making it a beautiful garden city. It is also famous.

    The Japanese School of Melbourne is located in a quiet residential area with a rich natural environment, close to the park (Princes Park) in Caulfield, 10 km southeast of the city centre.

    Our school was established by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Melbourne in 1986 and is a full-time private school approved by the Victorian Government. The school management board transferred authority from the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Melbourne. It is managed and operated.

    As a basic policy, Japanese children living around Melbourne will be educated in accordance with the Japanese curriculum guidelines with the support of the Australian government within the framework of a local school in Australia in the international community. We are working to develop the qualities and abilities to live independently.

    The curriculum secures abundant class hours, which is 10 to 20% more than Japanese elementary and junior high schools. We use this time to provide substantial subject guidance and English education. In addition, we are actively conducting on-site learning (exchange learning, off-campus learning, social tours, accommodation learning, entertainment appreciation, etc.) utilising the fact that it is an overseas educational facility.

    Aiming to nurture children with a well-balanced intellectual body while valuing the three loves of <praise love>, <forgiveness love>, and <recognition love> as the basis, children's smiles overflow and the children's power is maximised. We will do our best to build a school so that we can reach the limit.                 

    Principal Takahiro Ogawa

    School education goals

    "Fostering children who learn by themselves and are rich and strong" -Fostering children 

    who are aware of themselves as Japanese and survive the international community-

    School management policy

    Based on the spirit of respect for human rights, we aim to foster children and students who have a good balance of knowledge, virtue, and body.

    We will promote education that values ​​each and every child, with the enhancement of daily lessons as the basis of school management. And while playing the role of an overseas education facility as a base for developing global human resources, we will promote the creation of a school that is trusted by parents and the community.

    Aiming child image

    • A child who is willing to learn 
    • A child who is full of heart and compassion
    • A strong child, a child who is enthusiastic

    Image of faculty and staff

    • Faculty and staff who carry out their duties as a member of the organisation with the spirit of walking together
    • Faculty and staff who are rich in humanity and have educational affection
    • Faculty and staff who have aspirations and can demonstrate their practical professional skills

    Aiming school image

    • A school where children can learn with peace of mind and everyone can enjoy school life
    • A school that aims to build a rich personality 
    • A school that is trusted and open by parents
    • A school where faculty and staff can work with motivation and pride

    Unique education

    Reliable academic ability

    "Education in Japan" according to the course of study

    Education in Japanese is very important when the basics of your mother tongue are completed. The Japanese School of Melbourne provides education in accordance with the Japanese curriculum guidelines. You will receive the same education as in Japan using the textbooks used in Japan, so you can rest assured even after returning to Japan.

    More class hours than in Japan


    English We secure lesson time by adding to the standard time of the subject "English", make use of the environment for learning in English-speaking countries, and strive to improve English proficiency to maximise "accuracy".

    Set the "EAL" time separately from the EAL subject education. We are creating time to experience native English abundantly with locally hired faculty members.

    Social and Mathematics Learning

    At our school, we secure 4 hours a week / 140 hours a year (3 hours a week / 105 hours a year in Japan) for social studies in the 1st grade of junior high school and mathematics in the 2nd grade of junior high school. We are trying to enhance. "EAL" time is set separately from the subject education. We are creating time to experience native English abundantly with locally hired faculty members.

    Detailed small-group guidance

    Each grade has a small number of students.

    We guarantee independent learning based on the interests and motivation of children and provide detailed guidance unique to a small number of people, such as thorough basic basics and individualised guidance.

    The teaching of learning discipline and life discipline

    We value guidance such as normative awareness and basic manners as Japanese. We are nurturing "important Japanese hearts" such as greetings for going to and from school, greetings at the beginning and end of classes, daily greetings, lunch guidance, cleaning activities, correct wording, and etiquette.

    Implementation of various mock exams and standard academic ability tests 

    In elementary school, CRT of the standard academic ability test is carried out, and it is utilised for guidance for individual academic ability improvement based on the result.

    In addition, in preparation for the entrance examination after returning to Japan, the junior high school conducts mock exams three times a year in middle school, one and four times in middle school, two and middle school 3.

    Victoria's premier Japanese library

    The Japanese School of Melbourne has one of the best libraries in Victoria. The number of books in the collection exceeds about 9,200. (Approximately 8000 Japanese and 1200 English)

    There is a Japanese School of Melbourne / Library for children who are surrounded by languages ​​and grow up with words. In particular, we are focusing on enriching picture books and reading materials from early childhood to elementary school, where encounters with books are important.

    Lending to children and students is mainly done during lunch breaks. We also lend to parents of our school as appropriate.

    Going forward, we will continue to vigorously create an environment in Australia to foster children's "Japanese" abundantly.

    These collections are rented out by barcode management, returned, and managed.

    Nunawading Japanese School Melbourne

    Nunawading Japanese School

    0421 234 953

    Best Place To Learn Japanese in Melbourne

    Want to learn Japanese 2022? Asking yourself, "Where's the best place to learn Japanese in Melbourne 2022 "?

    Our Japanese teachers are located in Melbourne. We teach face to face and online classes Australia-wide.


    Nowadays, there are so many learning options for students who want to learn Japanese in Melbourne. There are so many options it can become quite confusing and overwhelming for beginner students. No matter where you learn Japanese or who you learn from, make sure the source is reliable! Often we have students come to us to start learning the basics of the Japanese language. Many have ventured online and attempted some self-study and become quite confused with the collective information they have gathered from multiple sources. This is why it's so important to have a native Japanese teacher working alongside you each week from the beginning.


    Despite what many say online, becoming fluent in Japanese isn't something that can be achieved in a couple of months. Well, at least for the majority. Learning the Japanese language should be a journey, not a destination. If you were to ask our teachers "Where is the best place to learn Japanese in Melbourne", of course, they will say our Japanese school in Nunawading!

    "Melbourne based 'native' bilingual Japanese teachers."

    Since 2013 our Japanese school has been providing fun, engaging Japanese classes for adults in Melbourne and across Australia online. We teach students in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, WA, TAS & JAPAN.


    On-site or Online Japanese Classes for students in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA & TAS


    • Class size ranges between 4-8 students
    • Interactive 80 min classes, once a week
    • Learn to read, write and speak Japanese
    • Beginner classes in Japanese with English
    • Unique teaching method/school curriculum
    • Local, Native teachers in Melbourne
    • Flexible monthly enrolment for students


    • 1 x 80 min group class per week
    • Course material included
    • Weekly homework included
    • Regular proficiency tests
    • Enrolment paid monthly
    • Learn On-site or Online


    Best Online Japanese Course in Australia 2022

    Want to learn Japanese online in Australia? Not sure which Japanese online course is right for you? Or maybe you're wondering should I choose a local Australian based Japanese course or overseas?

    What's covered on this page:

    • Different types of online Japanese courses in Australia
    • The benefits when learning Japanese online
    • Why we recommend a local Australian based Japanese course
    • What to look for in a Japanese online course


    There are 1000's online Japanese tutors, most being located outside of Australia. It can be a little daunting to find the right one to help you learn Japanese online in Australia.

    Research shows that most people who want to learn Japanese online in Australia, despite being able to learn from anywhere globally, still choose a local option. Why do you think this is?

    Well, no doubt there are many great online Japanese tutors and courses. Even some excellent ones as well. Learning a language online, in our opinion, is not the same as buying a door to door product. It's a commitment. It's a long term investment of your time and energy.

    Therefore people find it important to choose a Japanese online course in Australia that has online tutors who will be with them long term and help them along their language learning journey.

    Below are some of the reasons why people choose local Australia based online Japanese teachers:

    • The local Australian Japanese tutors felt more relatable.
    • English explanation and communication flowed better.
    • The overall experience felt much more smooth and localised.
    • A better understanding of local culture, humour, Aussie accents.


    There are so many benefits. The first that comes to mind is convenience.

    Technology has opened many doors for students to learn Japanese online in Australia anywhere, anytime. Distance and location is no longer a roadblock.

    Since Covid-19 in Australia, learning Japanese online in Australia has become a booming industry. There are so many options nowadays. How do you know which course/tutor is right for you? We'll we've put together a step by step guide to help you choose the best place to learn Japanese online in Australia.


    When considering a Japanese online course in Australia, we recommend the below steps:

    • Ask if they offer a trial/level check with a teacher? (I recommend this before signing up)
    • Was the lesson professionally run? Brightly lit classroom or in a storage room?
    • How was the internet speed/technology/audio? (remember, this is a two-way street)
    • What's their teaching style like? Were they enthusiastic? Did you feel engaged and eager to learn?
    • How was their English? Did they understand your humour, culture? Did you feel confident in their ability?
    • Overall did you feel comfortable? Was it easy to communicate and relate with the teacher?
    • Notice how we haven't mentioned anything above about pricing?

    Look, we understand some people are after a bargain, but in our experience, after meeting 1000's students over the years, those who invest in the right course with the right online teachers benefit the most. Achieving a strong foundation in the Japanese language is imperative for success.

    As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for."


    Of course, our teachers would say our Japanese online course is the best in Australia.

    Why, you might ask? Well, our teachers are local and live within Australia. They have taught Japanese formally for many years in Australia. Unlike some, our native-speaking Japanese teachers are situated in Australia long term. This is not a temporary job whilst travelling around Australia, and it's their profession.

    Students quickly realise the difference between learning Japanese online in Australia compared to overseas tutors. Apart from the time zone differences, the whole lesson experience can be a lot smoother locally. Students often say how much easier they felt it was to relate and connect with our local Japanese teachers online.

    Of course, we understand that learning Japanese online in Australia isn't a 'one size fits all '. With so many different online courses to choose from, we're confident you'll find the right one.


    As mentioned above, nowadays, there are so many online options. So many you can become dizzy with choice.

    You could choose to learn Japanese online via a University or TAFE. You could also enrol in a short course or even aim towards attempting a JLPT exam with the help of a private tutor.

    There are also many online Japanese courses that specifically focus on travel content as well. These courses often don't go into much depth around grammar etc. Instead of focussing on the why they more focus on the what. For example, memorising common questions, answers, greetings, directions etc.

    In addition, if you're interested in only learning basic words and not having full conversations with locals, there is an abundance of online content on Instagram or YouTube for free.


    Most online Japanese courses in Australia will offer private, semi-private or group learning. Which is the best one for you? Well, it all depends on your learning style.

    Some large classes online could have up to 30+ students. Although this is great for the online course provider, you need to ask yourself, "Will this learning environment suit my learning requirements ". The bigger the class, the less attention and support you will receive.

    Our focus has always been on keeping our group class environment intimate and engaging. This is why we limit our 80 mins, online classes, to a maximum of 6-8 students per class, which works well.


    It's simple. Complete our online trial form if you're a beginner or level check form if you have prior knowledge.

    We will organise a free appointment with a teacher so that we can assess your level, learning style and personality. Students can attend our classes online or attend our school classrooms locally in Melbourne, Australia.

    Learning Japanese online in Australia with our school is so much fun. You can clearly see the enjoyment in our student photos and videos. Even take a moment to read our student reviews.

    We love teaching the Japanese language online and bridging the gap between the Australian and Japanese communities.

    Victorian School of Languages - Japanese School Melbourne

    03 9474 0502

    Victoria's Leading Language School

    The Victorian School of Languages (VSL) is a government school with a strong history of commitment to providing language programs for students in Years 1 to 12 who do not have access to the study of those languages in their mainstream schools. The school's language program is delivered through face-to-face teaching in language Centres across the State and Distance Education mode. The school had its beginnings in 1935 when it started Saturday classes at MacRobertson Girls` High School for pupils who desired to learn modern languages. The first classes offered were in Italian and Japanese. The VSL offers over 40 languages around Victoria to 13,000 students in face-to-face classes and 1400 students in distance education.


    The school has a proud record of teaching languages to the community. The school had its beginnings in 1935 when it started Saturday classes at MacRoberston Girls' High School for pupils who desired to learn modern languages. The first classes offered were in Italian and Japanese.

    It proved a successful model, later adopted by other Australian states. As it was known earlier, the Saturday School of Modern Languages was able to provide for the language requirements of our multicultural society. It progressively expanded as it responded to Victoria's language needs in the city and country areas. Currently, the VSL offers over 40 languages around Victoria to 13,000 students in Face-to-Face classes and 1,400 students in Distance Education.

    School Profile

    The Victorian School of Languages is a government school committed to the provision of language programs for students in Years 1 to 12 who do not have access to the study of those languages in their mainstream schools. The school's languages program is delivered through both face-to-face teaching in centres across the State and through distance education mode.

    The VSL operates within government policies and priorities and is committed to assisting the Victorian school system meet the languages participation targets set by the government.

    Students are drawn from the three school sectors. The VSL also caters for International Students and a small number of Adults. The school is the largest single VCE language provider with over 3,500 VCE students. For many languages of low candidature, the VSL is the only provider through to the VCE level.

    The VSL has a School Council, which meets monthly and provides broadly based guidance and leadership to the school. It includes representatives from the Ethnic Communities Council, Independent and Catholic Schools, as well as the Tertiary Sector.

    Overall staffing arrangements and curriculum and administrative services are coordinated from the VSL Head Office, where the Principal and Assistant Principals are situated. The senior administration comprises Principal Class and Area Managers (Leading Teachers). The Distance Education section is staffed by full-time teachers and some casual staff and is housed at Head Office.

    Generally, the VSL provides classes for school-age students at the same level as they are at their regular school. However, due to the pressure of numbers, some multi-level classes need to be organised, particularly in smaller languages. The VSL has developed curriculum materials to suit such teaching needs and offers professional development to the teachers.

    The majority of languages can be studied from the primary level through to VCE.

    Message from the Principal

    We warmly welcome students, parents and teachers to the classes and services of the Victorian School of Languages.

    The VSL is a state-wide service of the (Victorian) Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and its language classes can be accessed by school-aged students from all three educational sectors – Government, Catholic and Independent.

    The VSL provides language classes to students who do not have access to study their preferred language at their home school.

    The following services are available.

    • Face-to-face language classes from Prep to Year 12 (VCE) in 40 campuses around Victoria – over 40 languages available.
    • Distance Education language classes from Year 7 to Year 12 (VCE) – 11 languages available.
    • Vocational Education (VET in Schools, RTO) classes for languages in partnership with selected government and non-government schools.
    • Language classes for International Students.
    • A range of professional development seminars for teachers on languages education.
    • A range of interactive online language courses

    The school commenced in 1935 by teaching Japanese and Italian, and since that time, it has made a significant contribution to the teaching of languages in Victoria and to our successful multicultural State. In 2015 the school celebrated its 80th Anniversary.

    In a major report to the European Commission, Language Rich Europe (Page 38), Professor G Extra highlighted our school's contribution in the following terms:

    "The pioneering and widely known policies and practices in the Victorian School of Languages" (VSL) in Melbourne, Australia constitute an excellent good practice that can be adopted in the European context as well."

    Our teachers and members of our school community continue to work together to provide a quality service in the important task of teaching languages to Victorian students.

    Course Overview

    The Victorian School of Languages (VSL) is at the forefront of language teaching. Due to its single faculty language focus, the VSL has a high concentration of expertise and is well placed to offer quality, innovative language programs. A common curriculum rationale, methodological approach and organisational focus are implemented for every language and year level, and this forms the basis of the development of individual syllabi and teaching materials.

    The VSL curriculum provides for its students a balanced set of learning experiences that are active, cooperative and participatory and which give students maximum opportunity to realise their potential. Curriculum development is based on the communicative approach to language teaching, aimed at the intellectual, social, emotional and creative development of all students and is inclusive of gender, ability and background. Learning tasks and assessment practices are structured in such a way that student progress is measurable so that participating students are enabled and encouraged to perform well. All courses are reviewed to ensure compatibility with the Victorian Curriculum and VCE.

    VSL courses are for students who are unable to study the language at their regular school. Enrolment eligibility for all VSL courses is determined by Department of Education guidelines. The VSL offers:

    Face to Face Classes

    The VSL offers a wide range of face to face classes in over 40 VSL Centres throughout the metropolitan area and regional Victoria. Courses in many languages are available from Prep to VCE. In terms of standards and content, courses are comparable to those offered in day school language classes and follow a standard course design. Our face-to-face classes are held out of school hours in VSL Centres, which are located in government secondary colleges. These classes are held mainly on Saturday mornings. Some classes are run on weekday evenings.

    Some adults are also able to enrol under specified arrangements.

    Distance Education

    The VSL also offer many courses which students can study via Distance Education. Students complete and submit course work in their own time and have regular oral lessons with specialist teachers based at the VSL. Distance Education is only offered at the Secondary School level to students from Government, Catholic and Independent schools. Some language programs for Years 5 and 6 are also available. Students may decide to study through VSL Distance Education for a variety of reasons:

    the language that they wish to study is not available at their home school

    a timetable clash prevents them from studying the language of their choice at their home school

    they are not attending school

    some of these students are travelling interstate or overseas; others are unable to attend school due to ill health or other difficulties.

    Enrolments for school-based students must be completed by the student's home school.

    For more details and enrolment criteria, go to VSL Distance Education.

    VET and Tailored RTO Programs

    The Victorian School of Languages is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), through the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), which is able to deliver the following nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate courses:

    • Certificate II in Applied Language (10297NAT)
    • Certificate III in Applied Language (10661NAT)
    • Each certificate has 4 Units of Competency from beginners through to a VCE equivalent standard.

    There are three VSL VET programs.

    The VSL can deliver certificate courses via Distance Education to school-aged students who are less than 20 years of age. The VSL currently offers Chinese as a distance certificate program. The VSL also offers Bulgarian at our Glen Waverley centre.

    VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) - The VSL is also able to auspice schools to allow them to run VET in Schools Programs

    As an RTO, the VSL can also tailor face to face courses to suit individual corporations or community groups.

    Centre for Adult Education - Japanese School Melbourne

    03 9652 0616


    Since 1947, the CAE has provided learning to the Victorian community through a wide range of programs and services, adapting to meet the continually changing needs of adult learners. CAE delivers accredited courses designed to help adults complete their secondary education and begin or change their career direction, as well as a regular calendar of fun and short educational courses.


    Opening in 1947, the Council of Adult Education was established under Victorian Government legislation with a broad charter to provide adult education.

    CAE's founding director was Colin Badger. The founding chairman, who remained in that role until 1974, was Frank Crean.

    On the 1st of March 2001, the Victorian Parliament passed an amendment to the Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Act 1991 which saw the Council of Adult Education come under the ACFE Act. At this time, the name of the organisation was changed to the Centre for Adult Education.

    In 2003, the relevance of the names' Council' and 'Adult' were seen as not a true reflection of the organisation. The existing name denoted institutional and formal connotations and was not inclusive of all students, both young people and adults. On the 5th of July 2003, the organisation officially became known as CAE.

    In late 2012, an amendment to the Education and Training Reform Act was passed to enable the operations of the CAE to be governed by the Box Hill Institute (BHI) Board.

    From 30 June 2019, the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) will be operated by Box Hill Institute.

    Activities offered by the CAE have changed over the years. In 1947, activities included travelling theatre, drama, dance, music, art exhibits, book groups and a range of other courses and classes. Today, the CAE offers a range of programs and services with a strong focus on arts, languages and adult secondary education. Other options include business, information technology, human services, languages, wellbeing, fitness and literacy.

    STRATEGIC PLAN 2019-2024

    The Box Hill Institute Board of Directors has developed a comprehensive Strategic Plan for 2019-2024, which clearly articulates the direction and actions BHI will pursue. The plan is fully consistent with the expectations of the Victorian Government and provides a unique opportunity to mould our business to deliver a better, more robust service for our students, learners and business partners.


    Transforming lives through the power of learning.

    We are supportive and accessible, providing an excellent learning environment for the personal and professional development of each learner.

    We deliver flexible, relevant, dynamic and authentic learning experiences

    We foster the learner relationship to facilitate individualised pathways and outcomes throughout employment, career and life

    We provide a working environment that encourages lifelong learning and development, both formal and informal, for our staff


    We are supportive and accessible, providing an excellent learning environment for the personal and professional development of each learner.

    We deliver flexible, relevant, dynamic and authentic learning experiences

    We foster the learner relationship to facilitate individualised pathways and outcomes throughout employment, career and life

    We provide a working environment that encourages lifelong learning and development, both formal and informal, for our staff


    We understand and meet the needs of culturally, linguistically and demographically diverse learners.

    We provide responsive programs, services and facilities to create and ensure learning opportunities for the entire community.


    We are accountable, honest, ethical and transparent in all that we do

    We ensure accountability and compliance through a sound governance framework

    We build and sustain high levels of trust and respect within CAE and the wider community


    We continually drive positive change to respond to the needs of our dynamic learning and organisational environment.

    We share our knowledge and ideas to foster a learning culture

    We develop our leadership in education and act upon it

    We take all actions within a framework of continuous improvement, challenging the status quo, encouraging and seeking improvement and excellence in everything we do.


    We ensure a high-level customer service experience for every learner, business and community member who interacts with us.

    We work as a team with a passion for achieving a shared common purpose that supports learners, business clients, staff and all stakeholders of the CAE community.




    Whether you want to learn a language for travel, work or personal interest, our courses are designed for those who wish to speak, read, write the language, and get to know the cultures and countries in which it is spoken.

    Have you had a break from learning a language, or are you not sure how much you remember from school? If you are thinking about restarting, why not book a free language skills assessment with our expert teachers.

    Japanese Language Courses

    Learn Japanese and open your doors to new opportunities and adventures. Japan is just a short flight from Melbourne, and with Australia's links to the nation getting stronger every day, there's no better time to learn Japanese and immerse yourself in one of the world's most vibrant cultures. Whether you plan to do business, see the sights or just want to embrace the challenge of mastering a new language, learning Japanese is an investment in your future.

    KonnichiWhat Japanese Language School Melbourne

    0480 354 577

    About Us

    The smallest but friendliest Japanese School in Melbourne!

    Konnichiwa! Welcome to KonnichiWhat! I have always loved and have been passionate about languages. I completed a degree in Japanese language, literature and education in Tokyo and obtained a teaching certificate in Japanese. Since I moved to Australia, I have had amazing opportunities to teach Japanese in a language institute, a local high school and various companies. I am also a trainer in the Teaching Japanese as a Second Language course, and I have become a part of the progress and growth of several Japanese teachers.

    I established KonnichiWhat with the aim of creating a community of Japanese language learners and Japan lovers. Learning a language is fun but can be challenging. Our mission is to connect an individual to other learners who may have similar challenges and motivations. It is always great to share your journey with others! 

    Travelling in Japan, watching anime or just for fun, whatever your reason is, you are always welcome!



    Group Lesson( Face to face / Online )

    If you enjoy interacting and having fun with other learners, then this is the right course for you! Our general Japanese language courses are immersive, interactive and delivered by our highly experienced teachers both in the physical and virtual class. The classroom atmosphere is relaxed but focused, and the learning activities are designed to keep you engaged and motivated throughout the lesson.

    • New students are welcome to join our groups at any level, at any time.
    • Try a group class for free (1 hour)
    • Face to face and online options
    • If you are unsure of which group suits your level, check the syllabus or contact us for a consultation.
    • Small class with just 2-6 students

    Private Tuition( Face to face / Online )

    We understand that combining learning a language with a busy schedule can be a challenge. For this reason, all of our private tuition is fully flexible. So whether you choose to take intensive lessons, weekly lessons or combined face-to-face and online lessons, you will see great results in a short period of time. You can also choose contents you want to learn, from learning about J-pop lyrics to discussing your favourite anime.

    • Flexible schedule
    • Tailor-made contents
    • Face to face and online lessons are available.
    • Try a 45 min free lesson for only $10!
    • If you take a lesson with your friend(s), you and your friend(s) will get 20% off!

    Izakaya Talk

    Let's take our conversation class outside of the classroom! Izakaya Talk is fun off-site Japanese conversation lessons on a wide variety of topics! From discussing the latest news to trivia nights, to board games and more! 

    We will notify you of upcoming events here. Stay tuned!

    Oak Park - Japanese School Melbourne

    (03) 9306 9181

    School Profile


    Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.


    Respect Responsibility Resilience

    Oak Park Primary School is located in the City of Moreland, close to the border of the City of Moonee Valley. The school has a capped enrolment of 400 students but currently sits at 415. The original school buildings were established in 1954. Stage One of a total redevelopment of the school was completed in 2004. The remainder of the old school was demolished in 2006, and Stage two was completed in September 2007. Stage two incorporated new General Purpose Classrooms, a Multi-Purpose Centre, an Arts Centre and Library. The school also gained a full-sized, non-template gymnasium in 2011 as part of the BER initiative.

    The 2018 School Family Occupation (SFO) index score of 0.3534 (SFOE 0.2815) suggests that student achievement means could be expected to be in the top half of State results. During the next School Strategic Pan period, the school seeks to improve student outcomes in English and Mathematics, further empower students to take responsibility for their own learning and strengthen our PLC structures.

    Teaching staff acknowledge the crucial role they play in the lives of our students with the consensus that 'teacher attributes', 'professional learning' and 'planning' are the most significant factors in improving student outcomes. A major focus during the past few years has been to assist teachers to develop their pedagogy, gaining agreement on what good teaching is and delivering that in every classroom. All teachers have more planning time than stipulated in the past two Victorian Government Schools Agreements, and all have access to significant blocks of planning time with their Professional Learning Team.

    Classroom teachers spend an average of 10 hours per week on English and 5 hours per week on Mathematics. There are Specialist classes in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Sustainability, Physical Education and Japanese. A Music Program is outsourced.

    A significant feature of Oak Park Primary School is the positive school community and supportive parent group. Parents feel a very strong connection to the school, with many having attended themselves as students. The parent group is very active and take on major responsibilities for the organisation of significant events in the school calendar.


    Student motivation appears to be on the increase, as well as engagement in Inquiry Learning investigations. The school has well-developed structures in place to support student wellbeing and has introduced School-Wide Positive behaviour approaches. The school presents an attractive and orderly environment, and student behaviour is generally very good.

    A significant development in recent years has been the introduction of the school's one to one BYO iPad program. Students now have 'anywhere, anytime access to technology.

    A supportive performance and development culture exists, and openness, dialogue, inquiry, risk-taking and trust are fostered. Peer Observations are encouraged, and teachers are typically focused on sustained improvement. We were part of the PLC initiative in 2018, and the aim is to further strengthen collaboration within teams and across the school.

    In 2019 – 2020 we will be participating in the Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists initiative - with our focus being on Mathematics.

    The challenge for the school over this next period of time is to maximise student achievement in literacy and numeracy, strengthen student agency, increase the number of students moving from the middle to the upper cohort and ensure that every child achieves at least one year's growth each year, and more in some cases.

    Oak Park Primary School's Core Values

    Our core values:

    • Resilience, therefore we: Accept and provide constructive feedback with the aim to continually improve. Work in a spirit of trust, cooperation and genuine collaboration. Persist, even when it is difficult. Try hard to deal with challenging situations ourselves, but get help when we need to.
    • Respect, therefore we: Value and utilise each other's personal qualities, abilities, strengths and ideas. Acknowledge and celebrate achievements. Act in a polite and courteous manner. Are active and responsive listeners.
    • Responsibility, therefore we: Aim for excellence. Accept the consequences of our actions. Acknowledge that everyone has the right to learn

    OPPS日本語 Program

    Dear OPPS Parents and Carers,

    The Japanese Language Program at OPPS is designed for students to learn Japanese by building their communication skills and expanding their intercultural awareness and understanding.

    The aim is to engage students in various different methods throughout their learning of the language from Foundation to Grade 6. This includes; games, songs, videos, team building activities, puzzles and apps with a focus on the four essential skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

    Students are encouraged to build upon their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge throughout their seven years of language learning. They continue to use the language in context, with relevant realia, and apply their understanding of the three different alphabets used; Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji 

    The Program is structured in a way that enables the language to be taught explicitly through the use of Learning Intentions and Success Criteria and assessed through Feedback and Reflection.

    In the last couple of years, しゅわ‘Shuwa', also known as Japanese sign language, has been introduced as a measure to help improve students' recollection of Japanese. As each class has only 1 hour a week for language learning, it can sometimes be a challenge for students to remember previously learned grammar and vocabulary between interactions. However, kinaesthetic learning through 'Shuwa' has made learning more memorable for students.

    The Japanese Program is also celebrated through 'Japanese Day', a once a year event where students have access to various Japanese lunchtime games/activities, dress up in something related to Japan (which includes a fashion parade), sing Japanese songs, eat a sushi lunch and the opportunity to attend an incursion.

    With the schools' Student Empowerment Program, we also have allocated Japanese Captains. Students selected from the senior school organise and run activities to help maintain student engagement and enthusiasm in the Japanese Program throughout the year. In the past, students have run sessions on Origami, Japanese food and 'Shodō', also known as Calligraphy.

    Research shows that a bilingual child:

    Benefits from a richer learning and language experience

    • Is exposed to more complex environments and social interactions, developing verbal and nonverbal reasoning skills
    • Has more opportunities to enhance their ability to reflect upon and think about language
    • Has deeper insight into the nature of language, therefore, enhancing literacy skills
    • Feels a greater sense of personal achievement and experiences positive social development
    • Is more flexible, creative and divergent in their thinking​

    Melissa Ly

    Japanese Program Co-ordinator

    JAPANEASY Japanese Language & Culture School Melbourne

    0422 266 374


    JAPANEASY is everyone's home

    People hang out, people come back, and others visit.

    The teachers and students welcome each other like a real family.

    Here, everyday people study the Japanese language, culture and have fun at the same time.

    We would like to extend a BIG thank you to all of our friends who helped to establish this school back in 2008,

    as well as the people who have been supporting us along the way, sharing and caring with lots of smiles.

    Once you join JAPANEASY, you become a part of our family too!

    We are so proud of the passionate, positive atmosphere that has thrived from the start.

    You can see and feel the wonderful energy amongst the teachers and students.

    It really makes JAPANEASY an amazingly passionate and fun environment to learn Japanese.






    Our group lessons provide a small, friendly and engaging atmosphere to facilitate your learning. You will get to know your teacher and classmates well through activities and group practice. After a term ends, most groups will continue onto the next level on the same day and time, with similar group members. You'll be able to learn not only from your teacher but also from your classmates. The General course will suit most students' needs, and we also offer a JLPT course and Focus on Communication course for those who wish to focus on those specific areas.










    Our most popular course with an all-rounded curriculum covering everything, including speaking, reading and writing.


    – Develop all-rounded skills for a variety of situations

    It– Great for all levels, including beginners who have never studied before

    – Flipped teaching: Flipped lecture and practice time by watching a tutorial video that delivers grammatical explanations before lessons.

    – The course covers JLPT contents


    The lessons are conducted mainly in Japanese. The direct method focuses on full immersion in the classroom environment.


    $374.00 (inc GST)

    16 hours (2 hours/week for eight weeks)



    You can focus on more communication (Speaking & Listening) in this course to learn both language and culture, features real-life communication in lessons, and allows students to experience the lifestyle and culture behind this communication.


    – Focus on speaking, listening and communicating.

    – Learn both language and culture

    – Suitable if you want to learn simple conversation in the short term

    – Travel conversations


    The lessons are conducted in both English and Japanese so you can fully understand what is taught in the classes.


    $198.00 (inc GST) for 8 hours course (Travel & Advanced)

    $374.00 (inc GST) for 16 hours course



    The essential course for those planning to take the JLPT. Recommended for students who have completed the general class or want to review before the exam.


    – Useful exam tips for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test

    – High success rate – more than 80% of our students pass every year.

    – Japanese teachers are JLPT exam proctors/assistants

    It– Good to have certification for working in Japan


    $385.00 (inc GST)

    16 hours (2 hours/week for eight weeks)

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