I searched for a Japanese language school in Tokyo and found out about Coto Academy. I decided to study here for 2 months to improve my business Japanese. The location is very convenient for me because it is only around 15 minutes by train from Ikebukuro Station. Also it is very near to Iidabashi Station. There are a lot of restaurants around the school, so I had a great time hanging around with my friends after class.
The class was also very fun. The class size was small, so the teachers had time to engage with all students. M. Sensei was very supportive and never hesitated to help me when I asked for help. The staffs were very friendly too. The staffs here can speak English, so you don't have to worry if you can't speak Japanese.
The only downside for some people from overseas is that they do not help with visa. But if you are coming for a short trip or just want to improve your Japanese and you already live in Japan, then this is a great choice!
I was thoroughly pleased with the communication between the administrative staff and teachers. One thing that I really liked was if I said something grammatically incorrect, the teacher always told me what I said wrong and fixed it. Also, if a nuance was not quite the same in Japanese, the teachers would try their best to help provide other ways to express what I wanted to say.
I took normal evening classes as well as private classes. I was always excited to attend and to learn. The teachers made it fun for us and listened to our wants and desires for the class. For example, printing out extra example questions for the JLPT test.
There is enough study and lounge space in the waiting areas, as well as free WiFi, tea and coffee. I can't really find anything to complain about. Just please remember that if you intend on being absent, to let Coto know at least one day in advance! There were a couple times that I got a fever and couldn't attend class, but you still need to inform the school in advance or you lose a lesson.
What makes me engaged in Coto Academy is a friendly atmosphere here that encourages me to speak Japanese. Not only did I learn Japanese in class but I also had a chance to discuss various topics about Japanese culture with my classmates after class. Coto provides students with a very comfortable study space that they can self-study, or practice Japanese in the most efficient way. I really enjoyed my time being here.
Coto Academy is a great school for those who do and don't speak Japanese. I am currently taking an intensive course with Coto Academy, however, I have taken other classes as well including business course, which helps you learn how to communicate and understand the Japanese work environment. I highly recommend this school, it has helped me so much with my Japanese you would think I have been speaking it for years!
The class is made out of small groups, so no one is left out and you are able to get the attention you need, the teachers are super lovely and helpful and the building and classes are all new!
Also, you get free unlimited coffee and tea which is my personal favourite!
I studied 1 year at Coto academy and loved it. The courses were very fun and personal, and they really helped improve my Japanese skills. The staff was kind and helpful whenever I had questions, and I especially enjoyed the extra events I was able to attend!
I took a 2 months beginner course here and i really enjoyed my experience overall . My teacher was very patient and kind when she taught us hiragana, katakana and kanji! Classes were small (about 7-8 of us) so I was able to speak and practice more during lessons. The staff were very friendly and they spoke English to us when we were struggling with our Japanese. Really had a good time there but I will miss my teachers and classmates when I leave Japan.
I studied at Itabashi Language school for about two years, taking private lessons twice a week. I can vouch for the quality of the lessons, particularly those of Ms. Sumtani and Ms. Suzuki. They were both very friendly and professional, and made the most out of the 50-minute period. They were well-prepared for every lesson, were able to quickly asses student needs, and adjusted their approach accordingly. They were able to provide simple, easy-to-understand explanations using practical examples, and never became impatient. They both pushed me to express myself, and were very adept at addressing my weak points. The lessons were a good balance of both grammar and fluency exercises, covering a wide variety of practical situations. The only weakness was a lack of practical listening skills. Listening skills were not specifically addressed, and were tested rather than taught. But all in all, I would highly recommend this school. The only reason I do not still attend is because I moved across town and it's impractical for me to travel so far.