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At English Now!, We're Makin' Eiken Easier!

イングリッシュ ナウ!で気楽に英検合格しましょう!

The Eiken English proficiency test in Japan is becoming more and more popular. Preparing for the Eiken test, which consists of vocabulary, reading, listening and writing followed by the interview, gives students a meaningful, achievable goal while living in the U.S. At English Now!, students can prepare for Eiken in a warm and welcoming environment. Classes are small and interactive, with a maximum of six students, so each student will receive personalized attention.


Program Objectives:

English Now! has developed a program to meet the goals of Japanese students preparing for the Eiken, in the Washington D.C. area. Courses cover the four main skill areas: Vocabulary, Reading, Listening and Writing. Vocabulary development is especially important for young students preparing for Eiken. Higher levels of Eiken introduce complex ideas, and children may not yet have been exposed to these ideas--or related vocabulary--in school. English Now!'s approach to Eiken preparation is distinctive. We recognize that Eiken preparation in the U.S. needs to take advantage of the local language environment, especially for younger students who are trying to succeed at higher grades of the exam.



Vocabulary: Build a stronger vocabulary base, by increasing active vocabulary use in speaking and writing.

Reading: Analyze paragraph structures and develop strategies for how to read difficult passages.

Listening: Practice with test passages and respond to frequently asked questions.

Writing: Review the basic essay structure and learn how to get sufficient points by writing essays based on past examination topics. Analyze frequently asked questions.

Enrichment programs (optional): Eiken preparation students (and their families) will also have opportunities to participate in English Now!'s student activities program. These activities are engaging and enjoyable. The purpose of these activities is to support students' and families' transition to life in the U.S. and expose participants to American culture and society. Parents of youth students are welcome to join daytime activities while children are in school. Ask us for details about these programs, and for our current month's Student Activity Calendar.





活動プログラム(オプショナル):英検講座の生徒やご家族は、イングリッシュ ナウ!生向けの魅力的で楽しい活動プログラムにご参加いただけます。これらの活動の目的は、生徒やご家族がアメリカでの生活に馴染むようお手伝いをさせていただき、アメリカの文化や社会に触れていただくことです。お子様が学校に行っている間に日中のアクティビティにいらしてください。プログラムの詳細や今月のカレンダーについてはお問い合わせください。

Course Content:

English Now! provides a rich academic experience that has a lasting impact. We train students to become good language detectives who can infer the meaning of unfamiliar words and understand the “big picture” of a passage. Teachers use a variety of resources to reinforce language concepts.

Courses are designed so that students can pass the Eiken test while also developing their overall English proficiency. Materials will be mainly based on past Eiken examinations, reviewed in an interactive format. Curriculum may also include vocabulary development textbook materials, relevant articles from newspapers, literature, or TED Talks. Preparation can also transfer to other standardized tests such as TOEFL or TOEIC. English Now! will help students succeed in school and in their lives.


イングリッシュ ナウ!は、長期的に影響を与える豊かな学びの体験を提供します。このコースは、生徒が良く知らない単語の意味でも大意を把握して推測できる言葉の探偵になれるように鍛えます。言葉の意味の理解を深めるため様々な教材を利用します。

生徒がただ英検に合格するだけでなく、総合的な英語力を鍛えるものとなっています。教材は、主に過去問題を用いて生徒参加型の授業を行います。カリキュラムには、語彙力増強を図るテキスト、新聞記事や文学、TEDトークなども使うことがあります。この英検準備は、TOEFLやTOEICなどのテストでも役立つでしょう。イングリッシュ ナウ!は、生徒が学校やそれぞれの人生で成功を掴むお手伝いをさせていただきます。

Interview Coaching

Interview coaching classes are a special feature of English Now!'s Eiken preparation programs. Interview coaching classes are one-hour private or semi-private lessons that consist of two or three authentic interviews using past exam questions. The Eiken team will support students by identifying the strengths and weaknesses in students' response.


面接コースは、イングリッシュ ナウ!の英検講座の中でも特に重要で特徴ある講座となります。面接講座は、1時間のプライベートとセミプライベートがあり、過去問題を2、3問練習します。英検チームが生徒の面接の長所や弱点を見つけて強化・サポートします。

How is English Now! Unique?

The class size is small, with a maximum of six students. Our small class size makes us uniquely focused on personalization of curriculum and teaching to specific needs of students. In addition, our academic model provides a variety of learning experiences that will benefit students beyond the Eiken test. English Now!'s Eiken team consists of experienced and qualified teachers including a previous Eiken Interviewer. English Now! will make the best use of students' time while coaching students to pass the Eiken test in a supportive environment.


6人までの少人数クラスなので、生徒一人一人のニーズに合った指導が出来ます。さらに、私たちの英検講座は英検合格だけでなく生徒に様々な学びの体験をお届けします。英検二次試験の元面接官を含む、イングリッシュナウの経験豊かな英検チームが全力で生徒の合格をサポートさせていただきます。イングリッシュ ナウ!は、生徒の時間を最大限に有効活用して合格へサポートします。

Curriculum Structure, Tuition & Registration:


Eiken Skills Development

We will offer Eiken Skills Development classes throughout the year. Programs of eight or 16 classes will allow students time for the test preparation, vocabulary development, and practice necessary for Eiken readiness. The first classes in a program focus on all skill areas, in an interactive format. Later classes in a program prepare students for the written Eiken examination at the given grade level, with opportunities for practice and review. We typically advise students at higher Eiken grade levels, especially those with significant vocabulary development needs, to enroll in at least a 16-class program.

Please ask us about long-term approaches to preparing for the Eiken test. We offer programs of eight or 16 classes, but students will succeed and improve more over time with longer-term approaches to their studies.




Interview Coaching

Based on the structure of the Eiken tests, as well as the needs of most students, we offer a program of eight sessions of private or semi-private interview coaching, during the month that follows the written examinations.



Contact us for information regarding the calendar for offerings of Eiken Skills Development group classes and Interview Coaching private or semi-private lessons:


  1. Eiken Skills Development group class tuition: most classes meet twice a week for 90 minutes. Eight-class course: $360.*
  2. Interview Coaching: eight one-hour private lessons: $400. Eight one-hour semi-private lessons (if available, require two or three students at a given level, with the same schedule requirements): $320.
  3. One-time registration fee: $40

1. 英検準備講座グループクラス受講料:週2回90分クラス(8回で360ドル)



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