“Eikaiwa” is Japanese for “English Conversation”.
We are a club that holds regular meetings for people who wish to practice their English conversation skills.
The Tokyo Eikaiwa Club is a group that operates in Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama and other metropolitan areas. We organize meetings that focus on the study of the English language through conversation.
We started out as a get-together of adults and students motivated to learn English and developed into a nationwide meeting organizer for students of English in Japan.
Covering a wide age range, we have teenager students as well as students in their sixties.
Most of the participants are salaried employees and students, aged from 20 to 40. With a large number of participants every time, we are the largest such group in Japan. Attending is simple: participants must simply enroll through an online form.
The basic format for all Eikaiwa Club meetings is the same.
The first fifteen minutes are dedicated to warm-up “Break the Ice” activities such as guided stretches in English or 1-minute speeches. The rhythm and speaking turn rules of English differ from that of Japanese, so these exercises provide an effective transition from a Japanese mindset to an English one.
The participants are then assigned a table based on their level, and after initial introductions, the participants can enjoy free conversation in English for 45 to 60 minutes.
We then proceed to play some games or quizzes to spark up the atmosphere.
For the last 10 minutes, everyone is assigned a new partner to converse with.
We believe that the structure of our meetings provide a solid foundation for participants to build up on their speaking skills by creating an enjoyable English-speaking environment.
There is also a table for True Beginners, so everyone is welcome. We all must start somewhere, after all!
The participants are split in 3 levels: True Beginner, Beginner, and Upper Intermediate. Each level has its own designated table. The participants are assigned a level based on their own level assessment.
The True Beginner table is for people who haven’t experienced English Conversation yet.
The Beginner table is for those who can understand simple English and those who have some experience conversing in English.
The Upper Intermediate table is for experienced English learners, and those who have had experience living or studying abroad.
■ Admission Fee
The admission fee is of 500JPY per person. The payment is done at the end of the meeting.
There is no joining fee and no material fee. (There is no other fee)
■ First Time Participants
We conduct our meetings in meeting halls and community centers. There should be a poster near the entrance indicating which room holds the Eikaiwa Club.
When entering the room, please greet the staff and introduce yourself. They will guide you to your table according to the level for which you applied in the application form. Most participants arrive within the first 10 minutes.
First timer? Alone? Don’t be intimidated!
Around three quarters of the participants are also first-timers, and the overwhelming majority come unaccompanied (95%). There’s no need to fret, just come in and enjoy yourself!
Please find below the Inquiry form. There is no phone line for inquiries.
Q: I can’t speak English, is that OK?
A: No problem! It is never too late to get started.
Q: I’m not very good at speaking English, is that OK?
A: No problem! The meetings are meant to help you improve.
Q: I’m a little nervous about going for the first time, will I be fine?
A: Absolutely. More than half of the people will also be first-timers.
Q: Are there parking spaces?
A: No, there are no parking spaces available.
Q: Can I bring my children along?
A: No, this activity is targeted at adults.
See the link below for more frequently asked questions.
The application is on a first come, first served basis. If the number of applications meets the room capacity, we will close the application window.
Please verify your schedule before enrolling.
Please advise us of a cancellation more than 24 hours prior to the event. 。Please refrain from cancelling without notice.