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Some Things Can Only be Learned as a Child.

During a child's first year, he will make every sound it is possible for humans to make.  We ignore most of these sounds as simply "babble", but we respond to the ones that resemble our language.  When the child makes gurgling or grunting noises we don't respond because they don't sound like words, but when we hear a "ma" or a "pa" we smile, repeat the noise and encourage him to say it again.  This is how babies all over the world learn their native language.

During the first year, the baby's vocal chords are soft and flexible, allowing them to make every human sound.  By the end of his first year his vocal chords begin to strengthen and harden as he learns to control his "babble" and form words.   As he learns which sounds are "words" and which are not, he gradually stops making the the useless noises and concentrates on the ones that enable him to communicate with his parents.  By the end of his second year, the child has a recognizable accent, and by the end of the third year he is no longer able to make many of the sounds he made as a baby because his vocal chords have hardened in such a way as to restrict his utterances to the sounds that make up his native language.

Clearly, children who are exposed to more languages in their early years are encouraged to make a wider variety of sounds and achieve meaningful communication using sounds that are not restricted to their native language.  These childrens' vocal chords retain much more of their earlier flexibility, allowing them to pronounce the sounds that make up foreign languages more accurately as they get older.

Many teachers and head teachers are now beginning to realize the advantages of exposing very young children to native speakers of foreign languages on a regular basis.  Besides the obvious advantage of improving pronunciation, lessons with foreign nationals also provide an opportunity for children to satisfy their curiosity about non-Japanese people, to realize that they can communicate in languages other than Japanese, and to nurture an interest in the world outside Japan.

Myer Japan dispatches native English teachers to kindergartens and preschools in the Fukuoka City area.  Through songs and games young learners can hear the sounds of natural English and learn to imitate them while they are still young enough to make a lifelong difference to their language ability.

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Elementary School Students(1st grade-3rd grade)

By the time children begin Elementary School they are already fluent in their native language.  Of course, their vocabulary is still immature, and the content of their communication is still childish, but at six years old a child can effectively communicate any thought or opinion using their spoken language.  At this age children begin to learn to write the language in which they are already fluent: learning how the sounds they know can be represented by marks on a page, and how they can communicate across distance and time by writing their language down and allowing somebody else to read it. 

As children learn the concept of reading and writing in their own language, they naturally become curious about reading and writing in foreign languages, especially whey the foriegn writing looks so different from their own.  At this stage of their education it is an easy transition for children to learn to communicate using the Roman alphabet as well as their native alphabet.  Because they do not yet read or write fluently in their own language, they do not depend on "Romanizing" their own written language, instead they learn to associate English sounds directly with the English alphabet.  Learning to read and write a language without going through the process of transposing words from one alphabet to another is both faster and more effective, since they can learn the "rules" of spelling without being distracted by the rules of transposition.

At Myer Japan we teach oral communication and written communication simultaneously.  While some time is spent on practicing the phonics that make up words, we also encourage children to develop their word-recognition skills: recognizing familiar words by scanning them instead of sounding out every letter.

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Elementary School Students(4th grade-5th grade)

Junior High School Students

High School Students

High School in Japan is a time of high expectations and pressure to perform.  Gaining admittance to the best university possible is the driving force behind punishing study schedules comprising regular school, Summer school and evening classes in private exam preparation schools.  Exhaustion is the normal state for most Japanese High School students. 

With this kind of pressure it's easy to understand that most High School students don't waste their time with extra-curricular activities that aren't beneficial to their university applications.  English lessons in private schools offering small classes and native English-speaking teachers are a popular choice for High School students.  Although the vast majority of High Schools now hire native English teachers as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs), the oversized classes do not allow for a great deal of personal attention or individual coaching.  While High Schools generally teach the functions of the English language to a very high level, the size of classes often restricts activities to listening and reading exercises, with written homework.  Weekly conversation lessons with native speakers of English are genarally considered to be a worthwhile investment by the parents of students who are required to sit English tests as part of their university entrance applications.

At Myer Japan we offer two kinds of lessons for High School students.  Our group lessons follow a textbook-based curriculum that focuses on situational English in dialogues and substitution drills.  Alternatively, in our private lessons students can focus on whatever aspect of English they most need to work on.  Many students choose this option when preparing for speech contests, international qualifications such as TOEIC, STEP and TOEFL, or overseas study visits where they will be expected to use English everyday.  Whatever English assistance the student needs to be successful in High School, we can arrange lessons to accommodate them.

University/College Students


TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) are internationally respected tests to measure the English competency of speakers of other languages.  Most universities in English-speaking countries require a particular level of English competency for foreign nationals wishing to enrol in courses.  These two tests arguably form the international standard for English as a second language and are often accepted in lieu of a university's own entrance test.

Candidates for either qualification do not pass or fail, instead they are issued a report/certificate stating their overall score, as well as individual scores for listening and reading, etc.  IELTS candidates are scored on a scale of 1~9, while TOEFL candidates receive a score out of 677 points.  A particular university might, for example, set a minimum requirement of TOEFL 550 or IELTS 7 for overseas students wishing to enrol.  While TOEIC is statistically more popular than either of these tests, TOEFL and IELTS are generally more acceptable abroad because of their writing and speaking requirements.

At Myer Japan students preparing to embark on overseas study visits can receive individual tuition from a native English-speaking teacher.  We offer introductory courses for beginners as well as improvement courses for students who have taken the test before.  By isolating the different skills required we can help students identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and therefore adjust the lessons to accommodate the skills most in need of attention.

Business English Class/TOEIC class

TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) is another internationally acknowledged test of English as a Foreign Language, based on the older TOEFL test and developed at the request of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (formerly the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, MITI).  Critics claim that this test has a stronger North American bias than the other tests, despite efforts to include other native English accents in its listening exercises, certainly spelling and selected vocabulary in the test are distinctly North American.

In Japan, TOEIC forms a sort of national benchmark for English competency.  Like TOEFL and IELTS, candidates do not pass or fail the test, they are simply awarded a score out of 990.  Further Education Colleges and Universities often specify a particular TOEIC score as a condition of admittance, and recently some companies have begun to incorporate TOEIC scores into their pay scales.  With more and more companies relying on Internet resources and e-mail communications, there is a growing necessity for more of the workforce to have at least a basic competence with written English.  One of the reasons for TOEIC's popularity in Japan is its lack of an oral communication test.  There is a speaking test available, but it is in addition to the "paper" test.  Since the necessity to speak English on the telephone takes second place to being able to read web-pages and e-mails, many companies regard a respectable TOEIC score as an adequate measure of English ability.

In addition to the optional speaking test, there is also an optional TOEIC written test.  The main test incorporates listening and reading exercises using a variety of materials such as lectures, news reports, advertisements and simulated business letters and e-mails.  The entire test is made up of multiple-choice questions that do not require candidates to speak or write English at all.  Despite these limitations, the questions addressing grammar and comprehension are of a very high standard (many native speakers of English would struggle to get a perfect score in the allotted time without the aid of a dictionary) and the overriding philosophy is that it would be impossible to learn to read and listen at that level without also being competent in writing and speaking.

At Myer, TOEIC classes are taught in English by a native English speaker, thus ensuring that the students' ability to converse in English is a reflection of their actual TOEIC score.  We offer two types of TOEIC classes: private lessons for individual students who want 1~3 weekly lessons over an extended period of time, and 3-week intensive courses (13.5 hours) just prior to the TOEIC test dates.  Private lessons can be tailored to the student's particular level, while the intensive group lessons are organized according to ability (for example a 700+ course in one month, followed by a 500+ course the following month).

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Conversation Class

Conversation classes, or "eikaiwa" classes are the most sought after English lessons in Japan.  Classes may or may not follow a textbook (some eikaiwa companies publish their own in-house materials for exclusive use in their classrooms), and classes may be taught in classrooms, offices, homes or even coffee shops.  What they all have in common is the students' desire to practice everyday conversation in English.  The atmosphere can be anywhere on the formal~casual scale, although most tend towards the casual.

While most Japanese people who graduate from High School have studied English for six years or more, their access to a native English speaker has generally been restricted by large classes and an overwhelming emphasis on reading and grammar in the High School curriculum.  Once the pressure of school is off many adults are eager to try out their extensive theoretical knowledge of the English language in real-life conversations with native speakers.  In the last 20 years the eikaiwa industry has grown to form a significant part of the Japanese economy, and the demand for native English speakers has been so high that the Japanese government even created a designated working visa specifically for people entering Japan for the purpose of teaching English.

The Internet is awash with forums discussing the pros and cons of various eikaiwa companies; some are scathing reports of the treatment of teachers, others are fanatical defences of various eikaiwa companies; it's not really surprising that the same companies tend to appear on both forums.  All eikaiwa companies have their good and bad points from the perspectives of both students and teachers, although it's natural that the forum writers tend to shout louder and longer about their complaints than about their compliments.

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Myer English School supports all kinds of students who want to learn English.

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Kindergarten Lesson

Kindergarten Lesson Price and Schedule

   The Hanahata Kindergarten / Nursery School have an established English program both as part of in-school and extra-curricular activities.
A teacher from Myer English School is dispatched to Hanahata Kindergarten where they are responsible for the children's English classes.

  • Hanahata Kindergarten English Conversation Lesson
    4,000 yen     50 minutes     Place / Time: Hanahata Kindergarten / 14:00 to 14:50

For Kindergarten Teachers

We gladly accept inquiries concerning establishin English Conversation Classes at Kindergartens

   The study of English education is becoming more important in today's globalized society.  Recently English education has also been introduced at the Elementary School level.  The number of parents desiring their children to receive more English education from an early age is also on the rise.
   Given this current situation, any Kindergarten or Nursery School teachers interested in establishing an English program at your school, please contact Myer English School.  Won't you increase your children's English ability together with Myer English School in a fun program including songs, games, quizzes, etc.?

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