Lessons at NELS are given by both native English speaking and Japanese English instructors using the NELS method of bi-learning. This means that our members receive one lesson from a native English instructor followed by one from a Japanese English instructor, or vice versa.

Both instructors cover all aspects and skills in a syllabus. Therefore, the idea is that members reach a complete understanding of what they are learning by using the advantages of both native English speaking and Japanse English instructors. This will result in members thinking more in English and developing an 'English brain'.

Members are given tasks to encourage them to communicate a lot in class with each other, thereby practicing and using what they learn productively, rather than just receptively. Therefore this will solidify their knowledge and also give them confidence in their practical English usage ability outside of the class.


Why is TOEIC important?
Certain Japanese companies such as Uniqlo and Rakuten started using English as their official work language a while ago.
Also, up to 10% of Ajinomoto's new employees are non-Japanese, 30% of Sony's recruits are non-Japanese, and 50% of AEON's new staff members are non-Japanese.
Tokyo University has announced that it is considering changing the start of its academic new year to autumn in line with western English-speaking universities.
For similar reasons, Hitotsubashi University, Waseda University and others are contemplating switching to a 4-terms-a-year programme.
Therefore, the need for Japanese graduates and workers to have a TOEIC score is becoming ever more important.

How businesses will use TOEIC scores
Companies expect new employees to have a score of 430-660.
Employees going on business trips abroad need a score of 650-820.
40% of companies surveyed in Japan said they would use employees' TOEIC scores when it comes to promotion opportunities.

NELS members learn the skills needed in order to be able to answer TOEIC questions quickly; just as they must do in the test.
NELS TOEIC courses enable the members to focus on achieving their target scores in their target-based class levels of bridge, 500, 650, 780 and 920.

How do NELS members achieve their target scores?
NELS instructors help members increase their TOEIC ability to be able to answer questions correctly. For example, in part 7 it is hard for test examinees to have enough time to be able to read the whole passage. Therefore, our members are taught where to look and how to locate the correct answer, as well as how to recognise and eliminate distractors, thereby making them more skilled, efficient and effective in their TOEIC test.
NELS instructors help members increase their overall English ability. Through NELS bi-learning technique, and using TOEIC material, NELS members will learn to think and speak better in English and therefore acquire more natural English and more of an 'English brain'.


False positives
Other language schools use only native English speaking teachers and small classes, but this can be negative as students think that they should only learn English from a native English speakers, or that they must study or live abroad in order to become fluent.
NES teachers may speak perfectly but may not know what aspects of learning English are difficult for Japanese students.
Japanese learners may think that if they can just listen to NES, they will be able to learn, but the students actually need to talk themselves.

NELS eikaiwa - Communication classes
NELS members receive tuition in all skills areas: speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary from both NES and JE teachers, making NELS classes much more of a complete learning experience for the member.
But aren't small classes or private lessons good?
Yes, as students would hopefully get to speak a lot, but if the student is passive, they still won't be able to gain natural English speaking skills.
Also, even if classes are 1-to-1 the teacher may not want to spend so much time preparing a class just for one student.
NELS classes maximise interaction and communication between members in a structured, syllabus based format, using our proven bi-learning methodology.


Kousei High School and Seishin High School require all entrants to have at least EIKEN grade 3.
Hitotsubashi University asks for a minimum of grade pre 2 or, in some departments, grade pre 1.
Some universities give credits if students have EIKEN. Also in teaching courses of for studying abroad, EIKEN is most desirable.
EIKEN is also a big plus point on your CV in the search for jobs.

In our grade pre 2 and grade 2 courses, members will study grammar, increase their vocabulary and learn to understand EIKEN style reading passages. Our aim is for our members to get a maximum score in the reading section. NELS members also learn EIKEN listening skills, as well as benefiting from listening to our instructors' native English.
NELS grade pre 1 and grade 1 courses focus on the increasing need to extend members' vocabulary and enhance their comprehension skills in order to pass: the national pass rate for grade pre 1 is 15.2%, and 8.4% for grade 1.
NELS vocabulary for all grades is covered both in class and set for homework with weekly, monthly and end-of-course reviews.
NELS members learn the skills of rapid reading to be able to get the gist of the passages, as well as how to develop their logical thinking - essential skills necessary for EIKEN success.


TOEFL scores are prerequisites for 8500 universities and educational establishments in 130 countries.
Although the content is academically based, it is accessible by anyone.
In the Reading section there are 3-4 passages of around 700 words, with multiple-choice questions which must be answered in 60-80 minutes. This time discrepancy is due to whether ETS, the TOEFL assessment organisation, sets an additional passage with the purpose of collecting extra data for their research.
The Listening component consists of 6 tasks: answering questions about conversations, lectures, and classroom discussions that you hear. This part of the test lasts for 60-90 minutes, again depending on the inclusion of extra questions.
After a 10 minute break the Speaking part of the test begins. This lasts 20 minutes and there are six tasks to complete which involve expressing an opinion on a familiar topic, and speaking about material from reading and listening passages.
The final part of the test is Writing. Here, students have 50 minutes to complete two tasks which comprise writing essay responses based on reading and listening tasks, and opinion based writing.

NELS TOEFL classes follow a structured curriculum working on all four areas, again using our bi-learning method to maximise member learning. Members also learn how to give not only the correct answers, but also the answers TOEFL examiners are looking for in the speaking and writing sections.

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