Lower Secondary Plus
Online placement test and consultation for Term 2 and 3 available from July 25th (Sat).

English Course for Junior High School Students

Lower Secondary Plus is a modern and innovative English course which is unique to the British Council. The course has been written in consultation with a team of experienced British Council course writers, who know and understand the needs and wants of our teenage students and provides clear real-life outcomes via interesting and challenging tasks and projects.

The course materials are delivered in an magazine-style format. Stimulating up-to-date topics linked to current issues and real-life tasks provide the incentive for students to develop their communication skills in English, as well as the core skills for learning.

Learning to learn is another key feature of Lower Secondary Plus which enables learners to become more effective and independent language learners. Throughout the course learners are guided and supported by their teacher and peers so they build positive relationships and learn with and from each other.

Secondary Plus also links to the British Council’s highly acclaimed Secondary Plus Online Platform and  Learn English Teens website, which provides students with additional stimulating and engaging learning content.


  • Delivered in an engaging magazine-style format
  • A modular, project-based approach: stimulating up-to-date topics linked to current issues and real-life tasks provide incentive for students to develop their communication skills in English
  • Learning how to learn: Secondary Plus encourages students to learn how to learn so they become more effective and independent language learners
  • Development of core skills for learning: Secondary Plus develops the core skills and competencies of: critical thinking and problem-solving; communication and collaboration; citizenship; creativity and imagination; digital literacy; student leadership and personal development. 

The courses improve your understanding of the lives and cultures of others and how these compare with your own (an important part of building multiple perspectives). They also develop your citizenship, critical-thinking and leadership skills.

Academic and exam skills are integrated into each module. Language contexts are matched with the demands of school exams, with different formats of tasks and example answers being analysed. You will:

  • learn strategies for answering exam-type questions well
  • understand the skills needed to succeed in reading, writing, speaking and listening papers.


Students’ progress is monitored by the teacher in each lesson as part of an ongoing assessment measurement tool. Student’s performance in four key skill areas is assessed (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and performance in other non-linguistic areas including teamwork, task completion, and behaviour.

At the end of the course, each student will receive a progress report. The report will have specific details on areas of good performance, and areas where improvement can be made along with practical advice and suggestions for further development. 



  • Term 1: Saturday 4 April 2020 - Saturday 18 July 2020* <15 weeks>
  • Term 2: Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Saturday 12 December 2020 <15 weeks>
  • Term 3: Saturday 9 January 2021 - Thursday 18 March 2021 <10 weeks>

* There are no lessons between 30 April 2020 and 6 May 2020.

You can register for the course anytime, even after the term has started.
Check the schedule for the Summer Intensive here


  • Saturday Course 17:30-20:30【Level 1,2】
  • Weekday evening Course (Tuesday & Thursday) 18:00-19:30 【Level 1】
    *Please check "Secondary Plus 2020 Timetable and Lesson Format (PDF)" at the bottom of this page.

*Term 2 Saturday Course for Level 2 is now full. You will be placed on the wait list.


Level 1,2
Please check "Secondary Plus CEFR Progression Chart (PDF)" at the bottom of this page.

Course Fee

  • Term 1 (45 hours): 175,500 yen (excl tax) 
  • Term 2 (45 hours): 175,500 yen (excl tax) 
  • Term 3 (30 hours): 117,000 yen (excl tax) 
    *Materials included. No registeration fee required

Bundle Discount
10% discount will be applied when registering for both Term 2 & 3. This is not applicable for late registerations.



Students must be 12-15 years old when the course starts. (Japanese Junior High School years 1-3)


All British Council teachers hold professional teaching qualifications including CELTA, DELTA, PGCE, MA TEFL, TYLEC. They have extensive experience teaching both adults and children. Our teachers receive ongoing training throughout the year to keep them up-to-date with the latest teaching methodologies.  


British Council (Iidabashi, Tokyo)


Book a free Placement Test before registering. Our professional teachers and consultants will assess your English level and help you select the most suitable course.

*If possible, please come with your parent.
*Placement test: Brief reading and speaking test

Please be aware that onsite face-to-face lessons may have to be taught online if necessary for safeguarding reasons. The online lesson consists of 2 hours of Live lesson and 1 hour of Guided learning.
Safety Measure for our onsite English courses


British Council English Teaching Centre (Tue-Fri 9.30-20.30, Sat&Sun 9.30-17.00)
Call 03-3235-8011
Email: courses@britishcouncil.or.jp