Monday 30 July 2018 - 09:00 to Friday 03 August 2018 - 12:30
British Council Iidabashi Centre

This Summer, we are running a 5-day English course for young learners age 7-12 (suitable for Japanese elementary school years 2-6) using the British Council’s original Primary Plus programme. Primary Plus is based on the principle of effective teaching in a positive environment. We believe these combined aspects elevate English from an outcome to a lifelong skill to enable your child to make the most of their life by equipping them for future challenges.

At the British Council we understand that English is a life-long skill for both present and future challenges. Children will tackle real-life tasks, working in groups and crafting researched answers and innovative solutions. The tasks are specially designed to match their developmental age, ensuring familiarity to the situation they learn in. Children communicate and engage with a variety of media, leading them to work collaboratively as well as to become more self-directed.

Based on extensive feedback and long-term development, Primary Plus gives priority to:

  • A 4 skills approach leading to communication in English (with a focus on developing literacy skills)
  • Ongoing development of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation
  • Building confidence and developing positive attitudes
  • Knowing other cultures to better know one’s own
  • A focus on the whole child: moving beyond language learning through the active promotion of creativity, critical thinking, IT skills and ‘learning how to learn’
  • The integration of IT and ICT skills into mainstream learning

To build these key skills, children will practice tackling real-life problems, working in groups, crafting researched answers and innovative solutions. They will communicate and engage with a variety of media. This will lead your child to work collaboratively with other children as well as to become more self-directed.


We are offering courses at Primary Plus levels 1 to 4, with placement according to the English ability of students. Courses are for students with a range of abilities although students must have the minimum English-Language proficiency specified under Primary Plus 1 (PDF 336KB).

British Council Primary Plus offers a wide range of topics for students to learn about and learn English through. Possible topics for this summer’s courses are detailed for each level. Course topics will be finalised after we talk to your children when placement-testing them, and finding out what their interests are and which subjects will most motivate them to learn.


General: Students are expected to expand their range of vocabulary and knowledge of grammatical structures, and develop good pronunciation. Writing and reading skills are developed beyond classroom activities, with a focus on the wider social and communicative aspects the present. There is also a strong desire to have learners become aware of their learning by presenting learning aims in age-appropriate ways, and to reflect on what they have learned and what they wish to improve through self-assessment upon completion of each module.


Date and time: Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August 2018, 9.00-12.30 (including 30 minutes break) 3hours x 5 days
Venue: British Council (Iidabashi, Tokyo)
Course fee: 59,000JPY(excl tax) Materials are included. No registration fee required.
Age:The child must be 7-12 years old when the course starts on 30th July 2018.   (Suitable for Japanese elementary school years 2-6)

How to register

Placement test booking and registration are now closed. Thank you for your interest. Please feel free to get in touch. Email:

Safety and supervision

We regard all students below the age of 18 as children, according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. We take our responsibilities towards the children in our care very seriously and we endeavour to make the British Council as safe as possible.

However, we are in a public building which anyone can enter. Parents or guardians should stay with their child until either the class teacher or designated teaching assistant arrives in the classroom.

As we are unable to supervise any children outside class time, we ask parents to ensure that students are dropped off and collected on time before and after classes.

British Council regulations mean that no child can leave the building unaccompanied after class each day. Children must be collected by a parent or nominated guardian. We cannot make any exceptions to this rule.



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