Our Primary Plus Online courses for children aged 8 to 12 are available now!
Wherever you are in Japan, your child can join our classes.

Online classes are real, meaningful education!

Primary Plus Online offers your child the opportunity to engage with the British Council Primary Plus course and teacher in 3 hours of learning per week which consists of:

  • two live online classes per week (60 minutes each) where students can communicate and collaborate with their teacher and fellow students.
  • 60 minutes of interactive Guided Learning on our child-friendly and secure online platform before and after the live online classes, with a focus on vocabulary and grammar through project-based tasks.
  • homework and project work for students to consolidate their learning after class. 

Your child will join a small group along with other students at the same level in one of our friendly classes, led by a British Council teacher. They will work through a Primary Plus module in the online classroom and  take part in online interactive practice activities. They will be able to access online content before their online class so that they can prepare, and they will have some activities to complete after their class is finished as they work towards a final project. 

Benefits of our online classes:

  • British Council teachers with professional teaching qualifications and extensive experience teaching both adults and children 
  • a small group class up to 10 students
  • face-to-face real-time interactions with classmates, rather than just doing worksheets
  • meaningful interaction with teachers
  • the opportunity to develop digital literacy skills in a safe environment with support from teacher and classmates 
  • pre-lesson and post-lesson activities can be done at your own pace and reviewed as many times as necessary 
  • tasks and project work for students to consolidate their learning after class. 
  • our specially-created online materials provide practice in developing your child’s vocabulary, grammar and reading skills. These tasks will help your child in the live online lessons.
  • personal dashboard where both the student and parent can track the learning progress
  • continued learning in a safe environment in accordance with British Council Safeguarding policies

Teaching Approaches

Primary Plus makes use of three communicative teaching methods: task-based learning (TBL), communicative language teaching (CLT) and content and language integrated learning (CLIL).

  • What is CLIL?
     Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is based on the idea of ‘using language to learn, learning to use language’. This means students learn language while learning about other subjects, for example history, science and geography.
  •  What is TBL?
    Task-based learning (TBL) puts an emphasis on task completion, with freedom to use any suitable language. Very often, tasks will have some real-world connection (for example, solving problems or making comparisons) and students have a chance to repeat tasks in order to make improvements and to have better opportunities for reflection.
  • What is CLT?
    Communicative language teaching (CLT) focuses on interaction and fluency. There is a high level of personalisation and a focus on using authentic, real-life texts.


Primary Plus materials consist of ‘magazines’ which are short textbooks that have been created, tested and refined by the British Council globally. This makes them much more up-to-date than regular text books and offers more flexibility in learning. Magazines are supplemented by additional worksheets, some of which are custom made by teachers based on the students’ immediate requirements.

Interactive Guided Learning

Each week, before the live class, your child will have one hour of interactive guided learning set by their teacher so that they come prepared to the live lesson. This new part of the learning experience helps your child to deepen the understanding of English through discussion with classmates. This online learning platform consist of varied activities, where your child could practice grammar, reading and writing.

Course Aims and Outcomes

Students are expected to expand their range of vocabulary and knowledge of grammatical structures, while developing good pronunciation. Writing and reading skills are developed during classroom activities and homework tasks, with a classroom focus on communication (speaking and listening) and development of non-language skills (21st Century Skills).

Students will also become more aware of their own learning through learning aims presented in age-appropriate ways, and will reflect on what they have learned and what they wish to improve through self-assessment upon completion of each lesson.


We are offering online courses at Primary Plus levels 3 to 5, with placement according to the English ability of students. Courses are for students with a range of abilities.

Sunday 31 May 2020 – Wednesday 8 July [3 hours x 6 weeks]
Live online class (1 hour x 2 days /week) : Sunday and Wednesday
* Timetable: Please see ‘Primary Plus Online Timetable’ below.
* You can register for the course even after the term has started. The latest date for starting is Sunday June 7th for Primary Plus classes.

Children studying at Elementary school and aged between 8 – 12 years old
* This online course is for residents of Japan only.

Primary Plus 3 – 5 
* Please refer to ‘Progression Chart’ below.

We are the world’s English experts. All British Council teachers hold professional teaching qualifications including CELTA, DELTA, PGCE, MA TEFL, TYLEC. They have extensive experience teaching both adults and children. 
Meet some of our teachers here.


10 persons / class

Course Fee

6 weeks (3 hours x 6 week / 18 hours in total) : 77,220 yen (incl tax) 

*Online materials are included. No registration fee required.

Technical Requirements

  • a desktop computer, laptop and tablet (mobile devices are not supported)
  • a good Wi-Fi connection
  • a microphone (headset recommended), a speaker and a webcam
  • in a quiet place in the home where students will not be distracted