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SILAC - Short Intensive Language Acquisition Course

What is SILAC?

SILAC class SILAC focuses on conversation and speaking and therefore is highly recommended for those who wish to improve their conversational Japanese in a short period of time. Courses can span from 2 weeks at minimum and can last up to 12 weeks at maximum. However, it is entirely possible to enroll in a 12 week course, take a break and then return to the course for another 12 week stint. This formula allows many of our students to continually reinforce the knowledge they have attained in previous stints studying at YAMASA.
The course accepts students whose abilities range from beginner to intermediate and provides a friendly learning environment、flexibility rarely seen amongst courses of its kind and the ability to improve your Japanese considerably in multiple areas.

Potential SILAC students may include:

  • People who specifically would like to improve their verbal Japanese ability.
  • People who are travelling through Japan who wish to pick up some of the language during their time here.
  • Those with full time jobs or family commitments who may not be able to commit to a full time course of study.
  • Those who may want to enter a longer term course but want to enroll in a short term course while waiting for the academic term to start.
  • People who frequently travel to Japan for periods spanning into weeks.

How long does the course run for? From 2 weeks to 12 weeks (depending on how long you wish to/are able to study). Initial applications will allow you to apply up to 12 weeks but extensions beyond this are possible.
When does the course start? Student intakes are conducted every Thursday.
What days do classes run? Monday through Friday. (The last week’s classes will finish on Thursday)
How many total classes will I take during the entire course? The total amount of classes you will take, as well as their composition, will change depending on the length of your course and the level that you are taking. At an absolute minimum, you will take 46 core classes (2 week course) and at maximum, 276 (12 week course).
What time does class start and finish? Classes start at 9 o’clock and finish at 2:30 with a 50 minute break between period 3 to period 4.
What is the length of an average class? 50 minutes


Please check also a full rundown of the contents of a typical SILAC course, as well as a summary of our Fundamentals of Japanese Conversation academic streams.


Course Framework

(1 Week)
Basic 1
(4 Weeks)
Basic 2
(4 Weeks)
Basic 3
(6 Weeks)
(12 weeks)
Level Zero - Beginner

Check a full breakdown of each level’s content.

Class Timetable

The first week

The first week of SILAC will differ in comparison to normal weeks as is indicated below.

Period Thu Fri
1 9:00 - 9:50 Students will take a placement at 10 am on the Thursday of the week of their arrival to determine their level. This test usually takes between 1 and a half to 2 hours. Students are able to retake their placement tests if they are unsatisfied with their result. Aula
2 10:00 - 10:50
3 11:00 - 11:50
11:50 - 12:40 almoço
4 12:40 - 13:30 General orientation/Entrance ceremony is held between 13:30 and 15:15. These are held every week.
5 13:40 - 14:30

From week two onwards

Beginner Level
Semana Seg Ter Qua Qui Sex
1 9:00 - 9:50 Aula
2 10:00 - 10:50
3 11:00 - 11:50
11:50 - 12:40 almoço
4 12:40 - 13:30 Aula Aula eletiva
5 13:40 - 14:30
Intermediate Level
Semana Seg Ter Qua Qui Sex
1 9:00 - 9:50 Aula
2 10:00 - 10:50
3 11:00 - 11:50
11:50 - 12:40 almoço
4 12:40 - 13:30 Aula Aula eletiva
5 13:40 - 14:30


  • Entrance and graduation ceremonies are held every Thursday from 14:40 until 15:15.
  • The above intermediate class timetable will be valid from June 2017.

    We will continue to hold Japanese Cafe (time that is reserved for students to practice free conversations with YAMASA teachers over lunch) from 11:50 until 15:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until May 2017. As a result, intermediate classes will not be conducted during fifth period on these days.

    ※Note: Associated costs for Japanese Cafe are included in the course fees.


SILAC can also be taken concurrently with the following classes:

  • Private lessons - Fully customizable one to one Lessons
  • JBPP - Japanese for Business and Professional Purposes


SILAC class Since its founding in 2001, YAMASA’s SILAC stream of courses have been recognized as a highly effective Japanese conversation program that has moved with the times to insure a beneficial learning experience for those involved. For this reason, it has had many students go through its doors; many of these being students who are taking the course for the second or third time.
SILAC offers an enjoyable yet effective Japanese learning experience that also provides maximum flexibility for those enrolled. By focusing on conversational Japanese, we aim to provide our students with a learning experience that is both enjoyable but also highly practical and rewarding.
SILAC is ideal for those wishing to learn Japanese for the first time due to its easy going teachers and engaging curriculum thus making it a highly rewarding experience.

The key advantages of enrolling in SILAC are it’s:

  • Flexibility of enrollment: SILAC gives you the freedom to decide the length of your studies. Courses last from 2 weeks to 12 weeks (see above for how long you can enroll for). You can enroll as many times as you like. If you get to the end of your studies and feel that you want to continue in your chosen class, it is also possible to extend your period of study. SILAC allows you to adjust your study timetable to suit you. SILAC is also ideal for returning students in that they can re-enter the course after a period away from the school (i.e. after returning to their home country or after a period of travel).
    *Note: There is no limit on the amount of times you are able to re-enroll in this course.

  • Strong Focus on Japanese Conversation Skills: SILAC is perfect for those who wish to focus on their day to day conversation skills in a congenial and collegiate atmosphere. As such, the vast majority of classroom activities are geared around this competency. During classes, you will be given plenty of opportunities to use the Japanese expressions that you have been taught with not only your classmates but other members of the YAMASA staff.
    In addition to this, YAMASA has created its own set of materials that are designed exclusively for SILAC students to insure that a focus on oral Japanese is maintained. Furthermore, SILAC also offers a range of elective classes that allow students to focus on areas that they wish to improve in.

  • Manageable class sizes: With an average class size that ranges from 3 at minimum and 10 at maximum, you can be guaranteed that you will not get lost in the shuffle and that all your educational and personal needs will be looked after. This is especially important in a conversation class where being able to use the skills that you have learned is extra important.

  • SILAC class The ability to make friends from a range of diverse cultural backgrounds: As mentioned before, YAMASA is proud of the linguistic and cultural diversity of our school. This is especially true for students in SILAC. Due to new students starting every Thursday, you can be guaranteed that you will meet new and unique classmates every week who will not only help you improve your linguistic abilities but also potentially help you create lifelong friendships. Furthermore, the cultural makeup of the school is consistently changing due to study tours often arriving at YAMASA from a variety of nations such as Taiwan and the USA.
    SILAC, and YAMASA as a whole, prides itself as an institute which views the learning process as extending beyond the classroom. To this end, you will be eligible to participate in the weekend tours and cultural experiences that are run by YAMASA. These are great opportunities to experience both traditional as well as modern Japan.
    YAMASA also often holds social events such as music events and game nights that will allow you to not only mix with your classmates and other YAMASA students enrolled in other courses. To see more about these events, please check out our Facebook page as we often post photos of them online.

Tuition Fees

Aproveite os seguintes descontos que estão disponíveis para todos os estudantes que se inscrevem ou re-matricular em YAMASA!
  • Os alunos que re-matrículam no curso novamente, são elegíveis a um desconto de 20% em seu primeiro pagamento do curso.
  • Estudantes com Working Holiday Visa ou um JET Programme Visa são elegíveis a um desconto de 10% em seu primeiro pagamento do curso.
  • Para os alunos que se matrículam e pagam antes das aulas começarem, estão disponíveis os seguintes descontos.
    • 16 semanas antes: 10% Desconto.
    • 12 semanas antes: 5% Desconto.
  • Para os estudantes que têm JLPT N2, um desconto de 10% é atribuído em seu primeiro pagamento do curso. (Certificado deve ser fornecido)


  • Os descontos podem ser usados somente uma vez e não são acumulativos, ou seja, apenas um desconto pode ser usado por inscrição.
  • Os descontos também não se aplicam aos cursos extras/ aulas opcionais.
  • O desconto pode ser usado uma de cada vez.

Tuition Fees (¥)
Study Duration Fees (¥)
2 Weeks 90,000
3 Weeks 113,000
4 Weeks 136,000
5 Weeks 158,000
6 Weeks 180,000
7 Weeks 202,000
8 Weeks 224,000
9 Weeks 245,000
10 Weeks 266,000
11 Weeks 284,000
12 Weeks 298,000
Extentions are possible

SILAC Optional Lesson Fees

Fees Additional Tuition Fees
Private Lesson 1 Lesson ¥4,000

※Fees do not include the cost of Textbooks

YAMASA students enrolled in SILAC course can enroll in one to one private lessons offered at YAMASA at lower rates (4000 yen) than those not enrolled (5000 yen). To take advantage of this, please inform our admissions staff that you would like to take private lessons prior to enrollment at YAMASA.
Note: It is possible to choose the days on which you take your lessons.

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

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Visa Information

As this course runs on principle for a maximum of 12 weeks, you may be able to enter the country on a short term 90 day visa if you are coming from overseas or on a working holiday visa. Please note that your length of stay will be determined largely by the passport that you hold (See note below).
Student visas are only issued for courses that run for more than a prescribed total of 6 months and due to the fact that the length of this course can be subject to change, it is not possible to apply for a student visa to enroll initially enroll in this course on an exclusive basis.

Note: In 2014, the Japanese government granted exemptions to a group of 67 countries in regards to applying for short term visas; meaning that residents of these countries are better able to enter Japan.
For further information regarding whether or not you qualify for any of the two visas listed above or if you currently hold or will apply for a different type of visa to those listed above, please contact the admissions department at YAMASA via e-mail at admissions@yamasa.org or via telephone at 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).