Language Courses and COVID-19

December 2021 COVID-19 update

While the threat of COVID-19 is still with us the language education section will be following the policies as outlined in the OHS policy (English, Japanese).

In short, while the official alert level of the prefecture remains below level three, all classes will remain in-person. If the prefecture elevates the alert level to three or above, all classes will be moved online.

Students attending in-person classes should follow the standard guidelines for on campus activities. This includes wearing a mask, sanitizing hands and keeping a social distance of at least one meter. It is strongly recommended that all students have been vaccinated or take regular PCR tests.

If classes are moved to zoom, you will receive an email from your teacher containing a link. Please follow our zoom guidelines.

Zoom guidelines for language courses

Use headphones

All participants in a Zoom lesson must use headphones. You may not use your device’s native audio output, as it causes feedback for the other participants. We also strongly recommend using a microphone or headset instead of your device’s native microphone.

Choose an appropriate location

Participants in a Zoom lesson should be mindful of their surroundings and try to choose a location which is quiet and free from distractions to the other participants.

Try to stay away from other students

When you and another student use Zoom close to each other, it causes feedback for the other participants. Please sit in a different room from other students.

Alternatively, you and another student can join using the same Zoom account. Be sure to wear masks and maintain social distancing as much as you can.

Mute your microphone when not speaking

When you are wearing headphones, it’s difficult to hear what’s going on around you. But your microphone picks it up! Use push-to-talk or mute your microphone when it's not your turn to speak.

Don’t record

Participants in a Zoom lesson may not record the lesson using Zoom, their computer’s native recording software or any other recording hardware or software. Refrain from making recordings.

Participate actively in the lessons

Taking a language course does not mean only listening to the teacher. You must be prepared to practice what you learned in the group session, in breakout rooms, and by completing your homework.