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Learn Japanese > Speak 4 (in-person groups)

Speak Your Way to Success

Learn Japanese you’ll really use in this small group class designed for busy—but ambitious—Japanese learners. If you have just four hours a week to spare, your language goals are already closer than you think. Speak 4 prioritizes interaction and language production—through the use of games, discussions and debates—to aid students in developing clear, confident communication skills in Japanese.
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6 students max
All Levels
2 x 45 min lessons
2x / week
300 / 4 week session

Learn Faster With Kaizen Connect®

This 3 phase cycle is applied continuously to your language learning:

P1: Production

Instructors use a range of techniques to draw and facilitate production from learners.  Linguistic raw data, taken from actual speech, is carefully recorded in their Student Learning File.

P2: Insight

The collected information is reviewed and assessed by our Academic Team - Instructors, Academic Liaison & Academic Coordinator - in order to assure that each learner is progressing at an optimal pace.

P3: Elevation

Each student's Learning Plan is then adjusted as needed, taking the Academic Team's analysis into account. Learners are made aware of their biggest challenges and advised on how to take their speaking skills 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.
Speak 4 course in action

Don’t just comprehend; communicate

Stop studying, start speaking

You’re not interested in merely being able to pick a few Japanese words out of a block of text, so why would you choose a language course that focuses on studying over speaking? The aim of Speak 4 is for you, the student, to use Japanese and learn from your own mistakes—the best way to learn a language, according to studies.

Learn genuine Japanese

Move beyond basic, superficial exchanges and learn to become confident in truly expressing yourself in Japanese. E-QIP’s passionate language instructors will steer you towards authentic Japanese and enable you to express your likes and dislikes, opinions, concerns and questions through speaking-focused games and discussions.

Foster Fluency in Less Than 4 Hours/Week

Who should take Speak 4?

Speak 4 is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to confidently speak authentic, fluent Japanese. It’s especially ideal for students who want to see notable improvement and who enjoy group interaction, but whose full-time work or study schedules prevent them from taking intensive Japanese programs.

Connect With Like-minded Learners

We’re steadfast believers that human interaction is crucial for learning, a belief that was reinforced over the COVID-19 pandemic. Speak 4 brings together ambitious, passionate Japanese learners to connect, share and learn from one another.

Real Japanese for real situations

E-QIP’s Japanese instructors won’t just get you speaking Japanese fast—they’ll get you speaking the kind of Japanese you’ll hear in offices and at dinner parties across Canada. Our conversation-focused approach to Japanese instruction ensures that our students are comfortable using natural, colloquial Japanese in a range of contexts.

Level up your life

Whether you want to climb to the next rung on the career ladder, pursue further studies at an Japanese institution or reach your full potential while living in Canada, 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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Give the gift of learning!

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Private Lesson Packs
5 In-Person or Online Custom lessons
Get up to $175 in savings!
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 Time (EST) 2023
Mon & Wed 6pm - 7:45pm Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 6, April 3, May 1, May 29, July 3, July 31, Sep 6, Oct 2, Oct 30, Nov 27
Tuition: 300
  • Registration fee: 50
  • Prices do not include taxes and are in CAD
  • Session duration: 4 weeks
  • Available for ALL levels
  • Max 6 learners / class

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—Speak 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 Speak 4 includes 16 lessons, which means it’s possible to reach an advanced level in a little over two years when taking Speak 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.

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