Course Introduction

<SA550:TOEFL Intermediate – SA580:Advanced>
The Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL, is the most commonly used test in North American colleges. The TOEFL assesses a student’s ability to communicate in English. This test is less about pure English grammar and vocabulary and more about one’s ability to use English in academic settings.
Our TOEFL program follows a four-term yearly schedule with each session meeting for three hours. Using materials that accurately reflect real TOEFL questions, the native instructor ensures students gain extensive experience in all areas of the test and presents effective strategies for achieving the highest possible TOEFL score. Students are given ample opportunity to practice speaking and writing tasks, and will receive regular feedback. In addition, students participate in weekly group discussions about a range of stimulating and intellectually-challenging topics.
SA550 and SA580 are designed to prepare students for English-language academic study. Students who complete the TOEFL program are encouraged to apply for our SAT courses.

Course Details

School hours 3 hours per week
Tuition ¥33,000 + tax per month, materials fee

From the Lecturer

Michael Tan

Having graduated from university in Sydney,Australia, I spent some time working in the hospitality industry. Realizing that education was my calling, I started my teaching career in China and Japan lecturing in universities, specializing in test preparation. Now in J Prep, I am focused on helping students with standardized tests and college admissions.

The TOEFL test is the most commonly used test in North America to assess a student’s ability to communicate in English in academic settings. In addition, TOEFL scores are often used for specialized admissions programs to Japanese universities, and starting in 2020, scores will also be accepted in lieu of college entrance exam scores.
Our TOEFL program follows a four-term yearly schedule using the latest material available. Instructors coach students on the effective strategies for achieving the highest possible TOEFL score. With the small class sizes, students are given ample opportunity to interact with their classmates and instructors more deeply in weekly discussions on stimulating and challenging topics. In addition, students receive regular feedback on tasks assigned in class, enabling them to track their progress towards their target scores.
Students currently enrolled or who have completed the TOEFL program are highly encouraged to apply for our SAT and College Admission Consulting Programs. and overseas study.

Student’s Voice

We learn two skills per week at the TOEFL class, like listening and speaking in the first week, and reading and writing in the latter week. This system enables us to strengthen each skill at stated periods. And also, we have writing homework quite frequently since our course proceeds at a fast pace. Our writing gets checked by our teacher, then comes back with
comments. This coursework helps us develop our general English skills and naturally remember new vocabulary.
For students who have never been abroad and have only taken regular Japanese English classes, it may be a little difficult to understand the entire requirement since all commands are made in English. In addition, new terms may be used when reading articles. However, coming to class and listening to English every week, your English, especially your listening skills will greatly improve. We don’t learn grammar in our classes, though we can gain a sense of choosing the appropriate word according to context or contents. I
myself am a returnee, but I believe my writing skills have developed a lot, and became more logical than before. Our curriculum covers a large range of topics and I think having the opportunity of reading or talking about many topics are also one of the greatest traits of J PREP.

(KOEN Girls’ Senior High School 2nd Year)