ALA Academy of Language Arts

About ALA Academy of Language Arts

Improving Japanese language skills has been the main focus of the ALA Academy of Arts since its establishment in 1984. Located in the center of Tokyo, ALA students are able to easily visit the city's major attractions and feel the heart and soul of the largest city in the world. Students study in a familiar, homelike environment with ALA giving counseling on life and work in Tokyo and in Japan. In general conversation courses, students study in a multinational environment with students from more than 35 different nations. Classes typically participate in real-world conversations, so students acquire communication skills and the knowledge needed in the Japanese language, society, and culture.

Information updated on 2020/2/14

This article is part of our Official Guide to Learning Japanese.

This is the ideal school if you are looking for

  • Conversational Japanese

    Focus on conversational Japanese to prepare students for various situations found throughout life in Tokyo and Japan

  • Small classes

    Less students in the class leads to more one on one time with the instructor

  • Employment

    Support for finding full-time/part-time employment in Tokyo or throughout Japan

  • Class intensity

    Medium-intensive courses

  • Accommodation

    Offers student accommodation in Tokyo

"I fell in love with ALA Academy. Classes are really fun, you'll improve your Japanese while laughing and talking in class. I learned Japanese for 13 unforgettable months in Tokyo with Japanese teachers and friends from many other countries."-Satisfied Student

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Specifics

Japanese Course Style

Focus is on improving the student's ability to converse in Japanese to be able to navigate Japan, so the emphasis is put into practicing various situations and mediums

Lesson Focus

40% of lesson time is focused on conversation skills.

30% of lesson time is focused on grammar and vocabulary expansion.

30% of lesson time is focused on various elective courses like news or business

Location

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No.2 Tobundo BLDG.

2-16 Ageba-Cho Shinjuku-ku

Tokyo, Japan

Opening hours: 9:15AM-6:45PM

03-3235-0071

 
 
 

SHINJUKU CITY, TOKYO 

Iidabashi Station

  • JR Chuo-Sobu Line
  • JR Namboku Line
  • JR Oedo Line
  • JR Tozai Line
  • JR Yurakucho Line

Course Information

Long-term Study
Short-Term Study

Those who are interested in studying and living in Tokyo for more than 3 months, the school will sponsor you a student visa in order to go through the application process. The school reviews your documents and will apply for the visa to the Immigration Bureau as your proxy.

 

General Japanese Course

 

Japanese Teacher Training Course

Want to find out how to apply for a student Visa on your own? Head on over to our Ultimate Guide to Japanese Language School in Tokyo

Long-Term Study Courses

General Japanese Course

Course Intro

This course in ALA is focused on giving the student a better understanding of conversational Japanese and the basics of the language. This is a medium intensive course, meaning that students improve their Japanese at an efficient rate while still having free time to practice their Japanese out in Tokyo.

Course Duration + Cost

6 months - 406,000¥ (Total amount)

12 months - 719,500¥ (Total amount)

18 months - 1,038,800¥(Total amount)

24 months - 1,356,500¥ (Total amount)

Starting Period

January, April, July & October.

Schedule

Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays)

Mornings - 9:30-13:30

Afternoon - 13:40 - 17:40

Course hours: 20h/week

Location: Shinjuku, Tokyo

Based on your level of Japanese, you would have classes either in the mornings or in the afternoons

Japanese Teacher Training Course

Course Intro

This course in ALA focuses on the training of future Japanese language teachers so that they can teach conversational communication in both schools and in businesses. This is a high intensive course, meaning that students improve their teaching proficiency at a faster rate than the average.

Course Duration + Cost

9 months - 451,500¥ (Total amount)

Starting Period

April

Schedule

Weekdays (Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays)

Afternoon - 14:00 - 17:15

Course hours: 10h/week

Location: Shinjuku, Tokyo

Short-Term Study Courses

General Japanese Course

Course Intro

This course in ALA is focused on giving the student a better understanding of conversational Japanese and the basics of the language. This is a medium intensive course, meaning that students improve their Japanese at an efficient rate while still having free time to practice their Japanese out in Tokyo.

Course Duration + Cost

3 months - 173,800¥ (Total amount)

Starting Period

January, April, July & October

Schedule

Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays)

Mornings - 9:30-13:30

Afternoon - 13:40 - 17:40

Course hours: 20h/week

Location: Shinjuku, Tokyo

Based on your level of Japanese, you would have classes either in the mornings or in the afternoons

Satisfied Student

"ALA is the best choice I've made for learning Japanese. The ALA education system is very systematic, it involves roleplay, activities, reading, speaking, and writing. As a result, students can easily understand the courses. The teachers are very patient, supportive and passionate. ALA is perfect for students who want to learn Japanese!!"

Course Cost Breakdown

Get a reference point for the prices on our Ultimate Guide To Japanese Language Schools in Tokyo

General Japanese Course (Long-Term)

6 months 406,000¥
12 months 719,500¥
18 months 1,038,8000¥
24 months 1,356,500¥

Japanese Teaching Training Course

9 months 451,500¥

General Japanes Course (Short-Term)

3 months 173,800¥

Find more low cost, high reward schools on our Top 5 Cheapest Japanese Schools in Tokyo article

Reviews - ALA Academy of Language Arts

Google Review

"I have been in ALA for over five months and I am very happy with my experience. The school is comprised of small classes of people from different countries, passionate professors with backgrounds in linguistic development, and a real curriculum that includes grammar, vocabulary and kanji. Idabashi is wonderfulr with various restaurants and shops, close proximity to an intersection with a lot of metro and JR lines, and its even within walking distance of Kagurazak-Dori!"

Facebook Review

"You want to learn Japanese? Then you have the right place. It's a beautiful school with cool, but well, educated teachers. It's been nine months and I valued every minute and yen of it. The old building may disappoint you at first, but once you meet the staff and teachers, you will understand that the building does not make a school."

Tokyo Weekender

"ALA programs really excel in getting students to speak well. ALA features small classes, cul­tural study options and a supportive infrastructure. ALA provides solid corporate and institutional language courses both at the Iidabashi location and at client offices and also does high-quality Japanese language teacher training programs."

Want to apply to ALA?

You can apply directly through their website.

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