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SCSP - SILAC Comprehensive Summer Program

The ideal way to make the most of your summer vacation

Silac Summer class SCSP is a specialist program held during the Northern summer that has been designed to allow students to markedly improve their Japanese during their work or school vacations. Developed exclusively by the YAMASA Institute, SCSP incorporates the intensive focus on Japanese conversation skills that has made SILAC so popular while also comprehensively improving the other three linguistic competencies that are so important in language learning: grammar, vocabulary and reading. Thanks to the addition of a private lesson, students are able to customize their classes to achieve their goals upon consultation with their teachers. Therefore, SCSP is highly recommended of those who wish to increase their Japanese ability in the shortest period of time possible.
SCSP students are also able to participate in the weekly cultural experiences that are run every Wednesday (fees paid separately). All the while, you will be able to enjoy your summer studying in a fully immersive environment that will make the most of your Japanese abilities.


Months classes are held: June, July, August and until mid September
Enrollment/Graduation dates: From the 1st week of June until the 31th of August.
Intakes and graduation ceremonies are held every Thursday.
The final classes will be held on 14th September.
Days classes are run: From Monday to Friday.
Class start times: See timetable. It depends on the day of the week.
Course length: Enrollment starts at 2 weeks but course length is largely determined by the student.
Longest initial possible period of enrollment is 12 weeks. Extensions are possible.
Number of lessons: 1 week will consist of 28 generalist classes plus 1 private lesson.
Class length: 50 minutes
Class size: Maximum of 15 people.


Placement Test

Silac Summer class Placement tests are held every Thursday and are designed to let you hit the ground running from the following Friday by placing you in a class that most accurately reflects your level.
Why does YAMASA hold enrollments every Thursday?
As many of our students come from many different locations worldwide, many are jetlagged upon arrival. Other's Japanese may be a bit rusty so therefore many who sit the placement test may produce results that may not necessarily reflect their true capabilities. Therefore, if a student feels they would be better suited to study in a more advanced class, they therefore can take the placement test after a period of rest and study over the weekend. If a student feels that they should be in a class that is lower than their current one, they are able to immediately move down without retaking the placement test (depending on class sizes).


1. Conversation

Conversation classes are held in accordance with our existing SILAC program. This curriculum is synonymous with an extraordinarily high rate of material retention in addition to a fun learning atmosphere.

1) Introductory (Week 1) The first week will see students learning how to read, write and verbalize hiragana and katakana characters as well as numbers written in kanji (Chinese characters used in the Japanese language). This introductory period usually takes about 1 week to complete.

2) Elementary Upon advancing to the elementary level, students then begin learning the basic patterns that are found in every day Japanese conversations. This definitely gives our enrollees a leg up in the vital early stage in handling the basics of standard Japanese discourse.

3) Intermediate Upon entering the intermediate level, students begin to study how to use and express more complex expressions as well as learning situationally appropriate Japanese.

2) Grammar

1) Introductory/Elementary SCSP provides students with a range of materials that include short pieces of writing in addition to exercises that emphasize the different use of particles and the effect that they can have on the structure of a sentence. Via this methodology, students are able to comprehend what they are hearing at a greater rate as well as express themselves more precisely.

2) Intermediate Those who advance to the intermediate level will find themselves studying more difficult grammar items. In addition to this, they will use information gleaned from discussions during conversation class while utilizing the words they have learnt during the vocabulary class (see below) to compose written pieces. Students will find thanks to this that their Japanese ability will greatly improve at an impressive rate.

3) Vocabulary

1) Introductory/Elementary Introductory and elementary students will be relating back to the conversations from their conversation class while conversely utilizing the vocabulary that they will learn in this class. While doing this, they will be comparing similar and easily mistakable vocabulary items (and individual kanji characters) to each other to facilitate more appropriate word use.

2) Intermediate The aim of the intermediate level is to increase the scope of the student's communicative ability. This is achieved by learning a variety of vocabulary items as well as covering areas that hold a particular interest to each student in the class.

4) Reading

Silac Summer class 1) Introductory/Elementary Introductory and Elementary students will start this academic stream by getting accustomized to the type of characters and letters that make up the Japanese language. This will eventually lead to them using various texts to improve their reading proficiency. Classes also emphasize reading out loud as a means to improve understanding and memory of certain vocabulary items.

2) Intermediate Intermediate classes contain reading material that ranges from the very general to the quite abstract. Materials to be used are both interesting and engrossing. The texts used in this class will hopefully encourage students to eventually approach longer and more complex pieces without fear or trepidation.

Private Classes

The contents of our weekly private classes are determined before hand by the teacher and student. The focus of the materials that will be provided will be based on requests made by the student. Some of the things that students might want to learn about may be:
a) Writing
b) High level grammar
c) Kanji
d) Verbal Japanese
e) More classical Japanese
f) Regional dialects (such as Osaka Ben)
g) Japanese animation

Elective Classes (Pronunciation, Kanji, Japanese Business Etiquette)

YAMASA runs elective classes tailored to your particular needs every Thursday during periods 4 and 5. Included among the courses on offer are:
a) Pronunciation and Intonation: Increase you Japanese conversation skills.
b) Kanji: Ideal for people from countries where the Roman alphabet is mostly used.
c) Japanese Business Etiquette: For those who wish to live and work in Japan for the long term.


The First Week

Conversation Grammar/Vocabulary Reading
Private Classes Elective Classes
Period Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1 9:00 - 9:50 Lesson
2 10:00 - 10:50 Placement Test
3 11:00 - 11:50
11:50 - 12:40 Lunch Break
4 12:40 - 13:30 General Orientation,
Entrance Ceremony
5 13:40 - 14:30
6 14:40 - 15:30 PV
7 15:40 - 16:30 PV

The Second Week Onwards

Period Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1 9:00 - 9:50 Lesson
2 10:00 - 10:50
3 11:00 - 11:50
11:50 - 12:40 Lunch Break
4 12:40 - 13:30 Lesson Elective classes Grammar/
5 13:40 - 14:30
6 14:40 - 15:30 Grammar/
Cultural Experience
7 15:40 - 16:30 PV Reading PV


  • Your graduation ceremony will be held on the last Thursday of your course from 14:40 to 15:30.
  • Private classes can be held in any of the periods indicated in the table listed above.

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees (¥)
Study Duration Fees (¥)
2 Weeks 100,000
3 Weeks 123,000
4 Weeks 146,000
5 Weeks 168,000
6 Weeks 190,000
7 Weeks 212,000
8 Weeks 234,000
9 Weeks 255,000
10 Weeks 276,000
11 Weeks 294,000
12 Weeks 308,000

You can compare the price structure of other courses offered by YAMASA by accessing our fees page.

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Start Dates/Final Classes

Enrollment starts at 2 weeks but course length is largely determined by the student.
Shortest initial possible periods of enrollment start at 2 weeks and run up until 12 weeks.

Year Month Intake Dates (Thursdays) Final day of classes
2017 June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 14th September
July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Visa Information

Como en principio este curso dura un máximo de 12 semanas, puede ser posible cursarlo mediante un visado de turismo de 90 días si viene del extranjero, o mediante un visado "Working Holiday". Por favor, tenga en cuenta que la duración de su visado depende mayoritariamente de su país de procedencia*.
Los visados de estudiante solo se reciben para los cursos que duran 6 o más meses y dado que el curso SILAC tiene una duración variable, no es posible realizar la petición del visado de estudiante únicamente para cursar el mismo.

*: En 2014, el gobierno Japonés otorgo exención a un grupo de 67 países en materia de visados de turismo y corta duración. Los residentes de dichos países tienen mayor facilidad para conseguir el visado japonés.
Para obtener más información acerca de si puede usted optar o no a cualquier de los dos visados arriba mostrados o si usted ya dispone de un visado diferente a los anteriores, haga el favor de ponerse en contacto con el departamento de admisiones de YAMASA mediante correo electrónico en admissions@yamasa.org o por vía telefónica en el 81 (0)564-55-8111.


Congratulations! By choosing to study at YAMASA, you have taken the first step towards improving your Japanese language skills!
The next step that you will need to take is to start the application process.


If there is anything that you still need to know about, we would be delighted to answer any of your inquiries. Feel free to contact us at any time via e-mail at admissions@yamasa.org or to call us on 81 (0)564-55-8111.
To find out about the visa requirements and/or tuition fees for this course, please click here.
Note: We aim to reply to all inquiries within 24 hours (excluding Japanese Public Holidays).