FAQ about the Courses and Attendance

Q1. What are the class sizes?

Class sizes are usually around 15 students. Participants in writing courses are limited to 12 for optimal guidance.

Q2. Are there any make-up sessions if I miss a class?

There are no make-up sessions. If you contact the office concerning your absence, the office will ask the instructor to inform you of the missed course work and assignments for the next class.

Q3. Are there any tests to pass the course?

To obtain a passing grade, students are required 70% attendance and 70% satisfactory course work. Each instructor will explain the details of what is required for the course work on the first day of class.

Q4. Are the assignments time-consuming?

Assignments vary according to the nature of the class. Some courses may give assigned readings while other courses require presentations or mini-projects. Most instructors, however, take into consideration that many students attend courses while juggling family and work commitments. However, please note that assignments exist for the benefit of the learner, and that students are expected to be responsible for their learning.

Q5. May I purchase the textbook before the semester starts?

We recommend that books be purchased on the first day of class to ensure that there are enough copies for registered students.

Q6. When and where can I purchase the textbook?

Please purchase your textbooks after you receive the course confirmation approximately one week before classes start. For most courses, students are responsible to buy their own textbooks. Links to Amazon Japan or Nellie's bookstores are provided on the course details pages on our website, however, students should communicate with them directly for returns, exchanges, or refunds.

Q7. May I see the instructor's bio?

Please refer to the description of each course through Course Schedules.

Q8. Which classroom should I go to?

All courses in Tokyo are conducted in Azabu Hall, unless specified. Please refer to the bulletin in front of the 1st floor elevator for the room number for your course.

Q9. There are too many courses to choose from. Which one should I choose?

The first step would be to focus on your goals and decide whether you would like to improve your language abilities or acquire new knowledge and skills to advance your career. It will then be easier for the Continuing Education staff to advise you on a course suitable to your needs and objectives. The Continuing Education office offers private counseling at any time. Students may consult with our staff regarding course selection, textbook inspections, or campus tours.

Q10. I would like to contact the instructor directly.

We cannot give out the instructor's contact information due to Temple University's privacy policy. Please send inquiries directed to the instructor via E-mail (contedinfo@tuj.temple.edu) in English, and we will forward your questions to the instructor.

Q11. Are most of the students Japanese in the language programs?

The English language programs tend to have more Japanese students compared to the class in the Professinal Development and Training category. However, students from other nationalities whose first language is not English are also enrolled in the course. The course is conducted all in English.

Q12. Are the language programs taught by native speakers?

In the English language program, some courses are taught by native-speakers and some by non-native instructors. All language program instructors have completed a Masters or a Doctorate in Education and specialize in the field they teach. The General English Courses, especially, receive favorable comments from Japanese students that "The class hits the nail on the head."

Q13. Are the Focus on Specific Language Skills Programs only for those thinking about studying abroad?

The Focus on Specific Language Skills Programs are designed for those interested in improving weaknesses in certain areas such as reading, listening, speaking, or writing. The speaking course also helps develop skills that come in handy in business scenes.

Q14. How do I know if my English proficiency level is appropriate for the courses?

Please refer to the English Proficiency Level Chart.

Q15. Are classes held on holidays?

Unless special instructions are given by the course instructor, no class is held on Japanese National holidays. Please refer to the Calendar concerning National Japanese holidays for each semester.

Q16. May I join a course after it has started?

You may. Applications are still accepted until the second week of classes. Please send in an Application Form. If you would like to join from the third week, please consult with the Continuing Education office. Registrations from this point are subject to instructor's approval. Please note that students must pay full tuition even if they join after the first day of class.

Q17. Do I need to inform the office if I will be absent from classes?

You are not required to contact the office in the event of missing classes.

Q18. Can I receive information on handouts or topics for courses I missed?

Please discuss all absences with your instructor. Students may ask our office to e-mail the instructor in regards to materials/topics missed (contedinfo@tuj.temple.edu). Please be aware that it can take time for our instructors to respond to such requests due to their own busy working schedules. Please also note that we cannot provide instructors' contact information without prior consent due to our Privacy Policy.