Our History

 
 
Osaka YMCA Japanese Language School was established in 1969, when a wave of internationalization began to rush through Japan and foreigners living around Osaka needed to acquire everyday conversational skills and understand Japanese culture. After that, we accepted Asian international students who intended to study in Japan, established full-time courses in 1985, and became a school certified by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education in 1989.
Since then, we have continued to provide high-quality Japanese language education that includes the development of a variety of educational research and teaching materials and continue to play a pioneering role in Japanese language education.
 

Chronology

1969

Opened Part-time Japanese Language Course.

1985

Opened the first full-time Japanese Language Course in Dojima, Kita-ku, Osaka City.

1988

Held a Student Bazaar to support international students. Started the Volunteer Tutor System. Started the Osaka YMCA scholarship system.

1989

Osaka YMCA International College Japanese Language Course was moved from Dojima to Tosabori, Nishi-ku, Osaka City. Osaka YMCA International College was authorized by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education.

1990

Opened a full-time Japanese Language Course at Abeno YMCA Gakuin in Tennoji. Started the Course for Becoming a Japanese Teacher.

1991

Published a Japanese language textbook Chukyu kara Manabu Nihongo (Kenkyusha). Published a workbook Chukyu kara Manabu Nihongo Wakubukku (Kenkyusha). Established Fall Course (1.5 years starting in October) at International College.

1993

Relocated full-time courses from Dojima to YMCA Vexcel in Benten-cho.

1994

Published a Japanese textbook Jokyu de Manabu Nihongo (Kenkyusha).

1995

Published Japanese video materials Jokyu Bideo Nihongo Kyozai (NHK/ Bonjinsha).

1999

Started the End-of-year Scholarship system along with the Osaka YMCA scholarship system.

2002

Built a new school building (in Uemachi) and renamed it Osaka YMCA Gakuin.

2003

Published a Japanese textbook Chukyu kara Manabu Nihongo – Kaiteiban (Kenkyusha). Started a scholarship system for people involved in NPOs/NGOs. Started a scholarship system for Christian church teachers.

2004

Opened a dormitory named No no Hana Ryo. Published a workbook Chukyu kara Manabu Nihongo Wakubukku – Kaiteiban (Kenkyusha).

2005

Established and opened Seoul, Korea communications office called Japan YMCA Educational International Exchange Center.

2006

Established Preparatory Education Course approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Published a Japanese textbook Jokyu de Manabu Nihongo – Kaiteiban (Kenkyusha).

2008

Published a workbook Jokyu de Manabu Nihongo Wakubukku – Kaiteiban (Kenkyusha).

2009

Established Practical Japanese Course.

2010

Conducted Children’s ☆ Summer Course as an option for the Intensive Summer Course. Published a Japanese textbook Chukyu madeni Manabu Nihongo (Kenkyusha).

2013

Started Novice Class IJ Class for learners from countries that do not use Chinese characters.

2014

Established the Practical Business PLUS Course. Published a Japanese language textbook Chukyu kara Manabu Nihongo – Santeiban (Kenkyusha).

2015

Rearranged practical course curriculum aiming to further enhance educational contents. Started the Comprehensive Course, which was the University Preparatory Course for learners from countries that do not use Chinese characters. Published a Japanese textbook Chukyu kara Manabu Nihongo Wakubukku – Santeiban (Kenkyusha).

2016

Published a Japanese textbook Jokyu de Manabu Nihongo – Santeiban (Kenkyusha).

2017

Relocated Osaka YMCA Gakuin from Uemachi to Tennoji. Published a Japanese textbook Jokyu de Manabu Nihongo Wakubukku – Santeiban (Kenkyusha). 

 

 
Acceptance of various national government delegations

Since 2000:

US Air Force officer training (dispatched by US government)

2004 to 2007:

Australian Japanese teacher training (dispatched by Australian Government)

Since 2008:

British Council junior-high/high school Japanese language training (dispatched by UK Government)

 

Acceptance of private groups

●Korean high school students/university students for Japanese language training

2006:

Seoul Foreign Language High School for training in Japan (intensive summer program)

2007:

Suwon Foreign Language High School for short-term training in Japan (intensive summer program)

2008:

Dongducheon Foreign Language High School for short-term training in Japan (intensive summer program)

Since 2008:

Changwon South High School for Japanese training

Since 2010:

Kwangwoon University for training in Japan

 

Research and development achievements

Research and development of teaching materials subsidized by Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education

1991

Development of Advanced Teaching Materials Using Video

1992

Preparation of Vocabulary, Categorization, and Example Sentences for Intermediate to Advanced Learners

1993

Preparation of Example Sentences for Advanced Learners of Japanese

1994

Preparation of Reading Materials for Novice Learners of Japanese

1995

Establishment of a Systematic Practice Method Aiming for Efficient Acquisition of Vocabulary for Advanced Learners of Japanese, Part 1

1996

Establishment of a Systematic Practice Method Aiming for Efficient Acquisition of Vocabulary for Advanced Learners of Japanese, Part 2

1995, 1996

Tutor System, Possibility of Group Counseling for Foreign Students

1997

Introduction and Practice Integrating Knowledge of Native Speakers

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2011

Developed Japanese level check application for iPhone, NihongoCheckerN3Lite.