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Express Yourself

Don’t settle for just studying Japanese—actually use it in this virtual, communication-focused course.

Japanese language and culture have been part of E-QIP's DNA since we opened our doors more than a decade ago. From charity work to cultural events, we have embraced all that is Japan and actively engaged with the community, and it’s our pleasure to be your bridge to Japan.

We’ve crafted and refined our own system of language teaching, Kaizen Connect™, based on the Japanese concept of kaizen: continuous improvement. Let us help you continuously improve in Japanese with communication-focused instruction, writing support and confidence-building guidance.

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12 students max
All Levels
Mondays & Wednesdays
4 x 45 min lessons / week
200 / 4 week session

Learn Faster With Kaizen Connect™

This three-stage cycle is applied continuously to your language learning:

P1: Production

Instructors use a range of techniques to draw and facilitate the production of linguistic data from the student.

P2: Insight

The data is recorded in a personal Student Learning File, then assessed and analyzed by our Academic Team - Instructors, Instructor Coach and Academic Coordinator - to assure that the student progresses at an optimal pace.

P3: Elevation

The student's Learning Plan is adjusted taking the analysis into account, and then they are guided on how to take their speaking up to the next level.
Kaizen Connect™ is an agile learning system developed and used by E-QIP for more than a decade. This framework is designed exclusively for learning a new language, with one central purpose: to help you learn faster.
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Learn by Doing

Master real Japanese

Real life doesn’t follow a script, and neither should your language classes. Our expert language instructors will help you move beyond assembling a small collection of memorized Japanese vocabulary and allow you to communicate your needs, wants and opinions with fellow Japanese speakers.

Speak, don’t study

Learning a language through instructor lecturing or textbook studying are great ways to fill your mind with a long list of grammar rules—and not much else. Express 4 is all about getting you to produce both written and verbal Japanese, which studies show is the best way to make strides in the mastery of a language.

Learn Japanese for Life

Who should take Express 4?

Express 4 is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to speak authentic Japanese, comfortably and confidently. Express 4 is especially ideal for Japanese students who prefer learning in a group setting.

Learn wherever you are

You don’t need to get on a plane to enjoy access to brilliant Japanese instructors and a teaching framework 10+ years in the making. An Internet connection, your natural ambition and four hours a week are all you need to turn your dream of speaking fluent Japanese into a reality.

Japanese for all situations

Our expert Japanese instructors won’t just get you speaking Japanese fast—they’ll get you speaking the kind of Japanese you’d at dinner parties and in shops and offices right in Japan. They achieve this by focusing on language production and pronunciation, as well as the katakana and hiragana alphabets, all of which is crucial for full comprehension.

Level up your life

Whether you want to reach your full potential while living or travelling in Japan, connect with colleagues or friends, or simply embrace your love of Japanese culture, we’re here to give you the resources you need to achieve all of your language goals.

Lesson Structure


S1: 30%


You are encouraged - and given the space - to speak as much as possible. Our instructors listen actively, then offer feedback on improving natural expression and flow. Talking spontaneously and smoothly are the goals. 

Now you're speaking easily!

S2: 30%


You build your linguistic toolbox and practice elements of language from form to usage. Instructors increase awareness of your challenges and help you eliminate them. 

Now you're speaking clearly!


S3: 40%


You focus on topics, and scenarios to build confidence handling both more casual and increasingly complex interactions. Our instructors host and facilitate conversation, introduce communicative strategies, and offer practical feedback.

Now you're speaking confidently!


Comprehensive Support

Let our expert language instructors, administrators and support staff members take care of all of the details so that you can focus on learning.

Online Placements

Our convenient online placement system measures your language performance across a range of components, including speaking, listening, grammar and fluency. This ensures that your journey begins on the right track and lays a strong foundation for growth.
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Humanistic Curriculum

Learning a language is more than just an academic pursuit; language touches all aspects of our lives, and as such, we recognize the importance of providing an experience that’s focused on growing, rather than merely reaching benchmarks. Our humanistic approach to learning allows you to truly connect with your target language and learn it more deeply.
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Instructor Training

Instructors assume many roles in a learner’s journey—from trainer and coach to cheerleader and mentor. The growth and success of our teachers is just as important to us as our students; we nurture them so that they can nurture you and your language development.
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Gifted Instructors

Instructors who foster a supportive, inspiring learning environment are equally as important as the content of the lessons themselves. We exclusively seek instructors who are positive, respectful and open-minded so that you feel welcome and are comfortable enough to let yourself share and grow alongside them.
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Student Files

Our learning file system allows teachers to collaborate with each other (and with you!) on your learning by tracking and recording your progress in detail during and after every class. This guarantees that you always receive a class that is tailored to your abilities and can therefore experience constant improvement.
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Progress Reports

Regular progress reports provide a detailed snapshot of where you are in the learning process, the particular challenges that you’re facing and the next steps that you can take in pursuit of your goals.
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Academic Counseling

Moving forward often involves receiving deeper insight into your progress and the opportunities ahead. One-on-one sessions with a member of our academic team will help you feel confident about your journey and the places it can take you.
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Academic Team

Members of our academic team will keep a watchful eye on your entire journey at E-QIP. This team includes an academic coordinator who ensures the quality of all of our programs, a teacher coach who guides and supports our instructors and a student liaison who will monitor your development.
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5 In-Person or Online Custom lessons
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Available until 2022-12-22

Duo Discount:

Full-time IN-PERSON Courses including SPEAK 15:

20% Off for you and a friend new to E-QIP!*

Offer ends: March 29, 2023
*Full payment needs to be made for promotions to apply. Not applicable towards Programs for Organizations.

Learning Investment

Schedule options:

  Start Dates
Schedule OptionsTime20232024
Tue & Thu6pm - 7:45pmNov 28Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 5, Apr 9, May 7, Jun 4, Jul 9, Aug 6, Sep 3, Oct 1, Oct 29, Nov 26
Tuition: 200
  • Registration fee: 50
  • Prices do not include taxes and are in CAD
  • 1 session = 4 weeks

Our PROmise

At E-QIP, our core values—positivity, respectfulness and open-mindedness—shape every aspect of how we run our school. To ensure an experience that is positive, respectful and open-minded, we PROmise that throughout your learning journey, E-QIP and its team of instructors will remain:


Our instructors, administrators and curriculum developers are the best at what they do, and our trademark teaching framework, Kaizen Connect®, enables them to curate and deliver learning experiences that are transformative, effective and infused with joy.

Our professionalism doesn’t stop at the classroom. Whether you’ve undertaken your language learning journey as a workplace requirement or with the intention of shifting into an entirely new role or career, we're dedicated to helping you achieve the transition you’re after.


Our monthly student progress reports, leading-edge teaching framework, Kaizen Connect®—which empowers our students to learn from their own mistakes—and ample opportunities for students to both provide and receive feedback enable us to remain accountable to those whose opinions matter the most: our students. If you’re putting in the work, you will make progress—that’s a guarantee, and the system we’ve put in place ensures that this remains true.


E-QIP is where like-minded growth seekers and global citizens converge to reap the benefits that multilingualism has to offer, and their ambition is what makes motivating our students the easiest part of the job for any E-QIP teacher. In our experience, the best way to foster growth in our students and fuel the passion that already exists within them is through encouragement and support, which we deliver through open lines of communication between students and instructors and our team of helpful, empathetic support staff members.

Get Started Easily

Step 1

Click "Begin Assessment" and submit the form.

Step 2

After determining your level, we’ll email you a link to register.

Step 3

Register and pay to begin your learning journey!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program offered at my level?

Yes—Express 4 is offered at all levels, from beginner to advanced! To determine your level, we ask that you send us an email at or fill out our contact form. We’ll send you a brief questionnaire and ask you to record yourself speaking in Japanese. Upon completion of this assessment, we’ll get in touch to let you know which level we’ve placed you at and when the next session will be offered for your level! See the bottom of our Academics page for a breakdown of the language levels E-QIP uses.

When should I complete my placement interview?

It’s best to do your placement interview no more than a month before you plan on studying with us. Any earlier, and it’s possible that your level could change slightly before you begin your course!

How long will it take for me to become fluent?

Fluency depends on many elements, including how many hours you’re spending in class, how much time you’re spending using your target language outside of class and—perhaps most importantly—how motivated you are to learn. Even the concept of “fluency” is hard to define; for some, fluency simply means getting through basic everyday situations with ease, while for others, it means speaking clearly and confidently about highly specialized subjects. With that said, we’ve laid out the average number of lessons required for absolute beginners to reach each language level. For those taking group lessons, the number of classes required to reach the highest level (level 12—in other words, the level of a native speaker) is 450. Each session of Express 4 includes 16 lessons, which means it’s possible to reach an advanced level in a little over two years when taking Express 4 alone!

Can I study at E-QIP for more than four weeks?

Of course! There’s no limit to the number of four week-sessions you can take—as mentioned above, the number of sessions that you “need” to become fluent depends on a number of factors. For those who do decide to sign up for more than one session, be sure to ask about our early bird discount, which entitles you to 10% off the price of tuition when you sign up for a session a month or more in advance.

Why is there a price difference between Express 4 and Speak 4?

In the interest of serving our students safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made the decision to cap our in-person group lessons (including Speak 4) at six students per class. This not only enables our students and instructors to avoid coming into contact with too many people, but also fosters an environment in which students have ample one-on-one time with each other and with their instructors. Express 4, meanwhile, is capped at 12 students. Although Express 4 offers potentially less one-on-one student-instructor time, the use of breakout rooms does guarantee plenty of opportunities for students to produce language.

Will I be taught by a real, live teacher?

Yes! All of our virtual classes are live and highly interactive; we don’t use any pre-recorded “lectures”.

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