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Why Code?

An Essential Skill

Job lost to AI
You'll need coding, no matter what your career ambitions are. Coding is like reading in the previous century: it's the new literacy. Countries around the world have started to recognize that and they are adding coding to the elementary school curriculum.



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Not Just Coding

Leadership Skills
Learning Coding strengthens scientific skills. They will also acquire essential leadership qualities such as logical and critical thinking, problem solving, autonomous learning ability, diversity (cross-cultural) understanding, creativity, teamwork and communication.


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40% of All Jobs Lost?

Job lost to AI
Artificial Intelligence and Automation put a high number of today's job at risk. Surprisingly these are not just blue-collar but also white-collar jobs. They might be replaced by new jobs requiring new skills. Do you want to Work with A.I. or Compete with A.I.? Even with engineers doing the heavy lifting for you, you'll still need to understand what coding is about.

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Curriculum

Junior Coders

From 5 year old

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Students will learn to write algorithm with logic games first before moving on to Scratch Jr and Scratch, a block programming language developed by MIT. Last they will get an introduction to html-css and to python.

2-hour once a week: ¥28,000 / month
2-hour twice a week: ¥42,000 / month


Web App Builders

From 8 year old

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Students will learn to build web applications and dynamic websites. They will acquire the fundations of HTML, CSS and Javascript and learn to use all the modern tools for project management.

2-hour once a week: ¥24,000 / month
2-hour twice a week: ¥36,000 / month


Data Science Explorers

From 12 year old

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Students will learn Python and get a first overview of the most common technics and tools available in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and most importantly, understand some of their limitations.

2-hour once a week: ¥24,000 / month
2-hour twice a week: ¥36,000 / month


🇬🇧 Emerging Fluency

From 5 year old

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An English class with a focus on speaking and listening comprehension through active conversation with native English speakers. Work on collaborative projects and gain confidence when speaking in English!

2-hour once a week: ¥15,000 / month
2-hour twice a week: ¥25,000 / month


Our weekly classes are

Monday to Friday:
  • 3pm to 5pm
  • 4pm to 6pm
  • 5pm to 7pm
Saturday:
  • 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • 3:30pm to 5:30pm
  • 4:30pm to 6:30pm


Meet Our Team

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Avery

I am a life-long lover of language, having studied Linguistics and Japanese at the University of Sydney.

I have written and performed original stand-up comedy for over two years, debuting an hour-long solo show at the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival, as well as co-writing, directing, and sound-designing on indepedent theatre productions across the Melbourne scene. I've also been writing stories, poetry, and lyrics for my musical compositions for over 10 years.

I am passionate about helping kids to find new, exciting ways to express themselves, whatever form that may take.

My fascination with all things Japanese has led me at last to Kyoto, where I'm excited to join Kyoto Lesson!

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Alex

Learning to code has been one of the most fulfilling achievements of my life.

Several years ago, I taught myself Python as a way to automate repetitive tasks at a desk job. In 2019, I moved to Kyoto and attended an adult web development bootcamp, which, incidentally, was in the same building as Kyoto Lesson! After this, I taught students in subsequent classes and found this experience incredibly fun.

In my career, I've explored the tech scene in Silicon Valley and built movie props in LA. Now I find myself at a startup in Kyoto, contributing to the company's web projects and coaching the CEO on his English. I enjoy working with diverse groups of people and giving them the tools they need to succeed. At Kyoto Lesson, I aim to share my hunger for learning and taking on new challenges.

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Ashley

I have always enjoyed teaching. I tutored students when I was in high school and I’ve worked at an English conversation school for the past four years. Teaching is one of my biggest passions, but I also love art, design, literature, culture, and people in general.

I am half-Japanese and half-American. I grew up in South Carolina until I was 13 and moved to Gunma, Japan for junior and senior high school. I moved to Kyoto after I was accepted into Doshisha University. I’m currently still studying sociology there while working part-time.

I really feel that English education in Japan focuses too much on studying from textbooks and getting high scores. Language is so much fun and I want to share this with children who are trying to learn English in Japan. I’m excited to work in a totally new environment and combine study with play.

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Louis

I am currently studying at the French International School Kyoto. Computer science is one of my major. I am both French and Japanese and fluent in both languages. I grew up in Europe and moved to Kyoto about 10 years ago.

I have a passion for soccer and fast vehicles. Only by the time I was legally allowed to own one, did I realise that nice motorbikes or cars were rather expensive! And that's one of the reasons I've decided to study on my own both finance and computer science, two fields where I thought I could quickly monetize my knowledge and expertise.

The positive side effect was that I really enjoyed both fields and ever since I want to learn more about both and most importantly, I want to also share this knowledge with others. This is what brought me to teaching and I look forward to teaching coding to other students too!

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Kris

Growing up, I had a handful of teachers who inspired me to be a teacher as well. So, I went to school to get a double masters in Childhood Education and TESOL, and after a trip to Japan in 2012, knew what I wanted with my future.

When it comes to kids, I believe they can achieve anything and that they are only limited by their imagination and drive. I believe my role as an educator is to help them unlock their potential and enjoy learning through various mediums such as play, stories, music, activity, etc.

I love exploring and learning new things, and am a bit of a bookworm. (I rigorously study J.R.R. Tolkien in my free time), and am also passionate about martial arts, cinema, and music.

I’m excited for new opportunities, and am always looking for ways to learn and improve my teaching methods to adapt and assist the upcoming generation, giving them the confidence to become global citizens

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Tora

I love both learning languages and teaching them in general. I am fluent in English and Japanese, and I am also studying French and Korean as I'd like to be a multilingual speaker. I have had exposure to English ever since I was one year old and I have experience working as an English tutor, and TA at high school in the past four years.

I was born in Saitama, but I grew up overseas. I spent four years in Hong Kong, three years in India, and two years in Dubai. I moved to Kyoto for senior high school. I studied in Houston for a year as an exchange student during my high school life, and I also studied at The University of British Columbia before graduating high school. I am currently a fourth year student of Ritsumeikan University and majoring in International Relations.

Speaking is the most important way to study English. The reason why I like languages is because there is lots of fun to have conversations with many people with different backgrounds. I am looking forward to sharing my experience overseas.

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David

I have worked with children for over 30 years and especially focus on fostering children's creativity and sense of play. I also have experience in computer science and several other science-related fields. I've started coding at the age of 10, and I was part of the first generation of "computer whiz kids".

My work with kids has included afterschool teacher, camp counselor, and kindergarten teacher in both U.S. and Japan. My experience with computers includes applications in cobol, html, javascript, among others. I am also active as staff for a scientific society in Japan.

I was born and grew up in Europe, but moved to the U.S. when I was 7. I speak French, Portuguese and American Sign Language, and basic Japanese. I live with my wife and daughter in Kyoto.

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Alan

I believe that coding is an essential skill that all children should pick up, as early as possible. So when we moved to Kyoto with my wife and our four kids, one of the first thing I look for was a proper coding school for my children. I wanted a school where children would think by themself and learn by doing. As I could not find anything satisfying, I decided to take the matter into my own hands and to start a coding school. And that's how Kyoto Lesson was born.

I am originally from France and studied in the U.S. Before moving to Kyoto, I was working as a trader for over 15 years in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. During my career in banks, I had to teach myself to code as this allowed me to automate several repeatitive tasks I had to do as a trader. Since then, I've never stopped coding.



Testimonials



"Computer science is often thought to be exclusively for students with a strong mathematical and/or scientific background. However, although I specialize in literature, I was able during the camp to experiment it and that really sharpened my interest for this subject. It was a very rewarding and most probably valuable experience in the long run. I'd like to thank Alan for his patience and his pedagogy!"

- Anita. D., 12th Grade
Kyoto Intl French High School

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“Who would have thought that coding could be fun! Learning with Alan is! We can improve popular games, create websites or address practical challenges. It is always a great pleasure for my two kids to join one of Alan’s coding boot camp”

- Renaud P., Father of
Hugo (6th G.) and Luc (4th G.)






“My boy loves Kyoto Lesson. Alan is nice and patient. He teaches the kids how to think. Even though I have little idea of what they are doing when listening to the presentation, the only thing I am sure is that what the kids are learning now is important for their future.”

- Wendy L., Mother of
Yehonatan (5th Grade at KIS)

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My son has joined the Coding Boot Camp twice so far. Unlike other programming schools, Kyoto Lesson teaches students the fundamentals of coding in a very easy-to-understand way, such as encrypting information when sending emails over the Internet as well as sorting algorithm. It's not just coding a game with Scratch. Students learn way beyond that.
As far as English is concerned, most of the students come from international schools with a very good level of English and have no problem taking the course. In addition, Alan explains in a simple and easy to understand way. Many students are Japanese, hence even if you are not good at English, you can join too.
On the last day of the coding boot camp, students give a presentation in English in front of the parents, to present their project and explain what they learned from their class.
Every day during the boot camp, Alan sent us by e-mail a very detailed explanation of what the students had done during the day. This is very interesting to read for parents and allows you to follow what students are doing.

- Tamaki I., Mother of
Haruki (4th Grade at KIS)



I've registered my children to the coding school as I thought it could be more meaningful for their future rather than playing video games.

At first they learnt the basic of block programming and animations in Scratch. Then they moved on to more advanced skills while having fun modifying the popular video game Minecraft. The students need to think about the code they have to write in order to change or do something in the video game. After that, the students started to build their own website. When I listen to my children, I feel that they are having a lot of fun while shaping their thoughts to build what they imagine.

Alan is teaching the lesson. He has a way to fluently alternate between one-on-one teaching and group work/discussion. He is teaching fluently both in English and French. Alan's rich experience and knowledge brings to the class an international, cutting-edge teaching. This is an amazing plus for the class.

The ability to foster and create such logical thinking will prepare children for the future and will bring them skills that are very relevant in the age of Artificial Intelligence.

- Namiko K., Mother of
Yunosuke (3rd G.) and Seinosuke (1st G.)

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Build Website Class

After few months going to Kyōto Lessons, my 8 year old son started to understand how to make simple games with Scratch, create artefacts in Minecraft and his own small webpage. His interest is growing thanks to the hands-on lessons stimulating both logical thinking and creativity.

Through seemingly casual fun time, bits of academic knowledge and structured thinking get acquired.

Warmly recommended to all curious kids!

- Patrice P., Father of
Leo (3rd Grade at LFIK)



Computer Science skills, especially coding skills are very useful to create web applications. I have therefore been looking for a good school that can teach these to my son.

Alan, the founder of Kyoto lesson, has acquired very practical and extremely relevant coding skills through his profesional experience and could thus design an ideal curriculum. On top of that he is very good at teaching.

Alan is teaching basic coding logic through very practical projects. In contrast with other coding schools that my son attended previously, Alan takes as much time as needed to let students find solutions by themself, rather than just making them copy lines of codes without thinking. The things he wants to teach them is process and inquiry. This is what I like very much about this school!


- Soichiro O., Father of
Masaki (5th Grade at KIS)

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Coding Boot Camps

Intensive Immersion Program

Coding Boot Camps are offered during the school holidays . These camps are intensive classes, 3-hour per day over 5 days. Students will work as a team on a project that they will aim to complete by the end of the boot camp.

The goal in these boot camps is to find a solution to a real-world problem either faced by a company, a non-profit or related to a student's interest.

Students will start with Scratch, a visual programming language developed by one of the research laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before diving into JavaScript and Python, two programming languages extensively used by software developers.

  • Level 0: My First Game Built with Scratch
  • Level 1: Deep-dive into Scratch
  • Level 2: Modify Minecraft
  • Level 3: Build my Own Website
  • Level 4: Build my Own App
  • Level 5: Dynamic Website: JavaScript
  • Level 6: Deep-dive into JavaScript
  • Level 7: Making Game with PyGame
  • Level 8: Deep-dive into Python

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English Holiday Camps 🇬🇧

English Intensive Program

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English Holiday Camps are offered during the School breaks.

The camp are intensive classes, 3-hour per day, over 5 days:
Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm

The focus is on speaking and listening comprehension and with the ultimate goal of
improving student's fluency when interacting with others.

All our teachers are native English-speakers.
Students will be divided into groups depending on their level of English.
We have a maximum of 9 students per class (per teacher).

English Holiday Camps are roughly organized around the idea of weeklong projects,

  • Fantasy Newspaper
  • Movie Makers
  • Manga Mania
  • And more...

In addition, there will be time for other miscellaneous activities, such as:

  • Games,
  • Puzzles,
  • Language workshops,
  • Songs,
  • Reading time, ...

Program Cost: ¥20,000 / week (15 hours class)
+ ¥3,000 one-time registration fees (for new students only),
that includes a remote 1:1 English assessment

Location: Community Lab N5.5 (Google Map here)

529 Izumicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8188, Japan
〒600-8188 京都府京都市下京区和泉町529


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Fantasy Newspaper

In the Fantasy Newspaper children create a newspaper.

Throughout the project, children take on a variety of roles, such as editor, reporter, copy editor, photographer, artist, and publisher.

At the same time, children assign themselves departments like Current Events, Theater, Science, Opinion.

Wearing different hats gives children the chance to express and develop their language skills and expressive ability in different contexts.

  • As editors, children discuss content and make decisions together, promoting teamwork and leadership.
  • As reporters they create content in areas of interest to them.
  • As copy editors, they use and develop specific language skills.
  • As artists, they develop their imagination and ability to make connections.

fantasy newspaper


Hardware Prototyping

Three Complementary Streams

Computer hardware and electronic are essential components of Computer Science. As you improve your coding skills, you will need to understand what are the various hardware limitations you are exposed to in order to write a more efficient code.

With the Internet of Things (or IoT) becoming an important area of research across the globe, hardware prototyping is especially relevant nowadays and a logical addition to our curriculum.

Our Hardware curriculum focuses on giving our students a hands-on maker experience. Our students are making actual objects from sketching all the way to the actual prototype and our program is splitted into three main parts:

  • 3D Printing & Modeling
  • Electronic (Micro:Bit Block Editor, Arduino, Raspberry Pi...)
  • Robotic (Kamibot, Lego Mindstorms, Drones...)


Hardware BootCamp Electronic


This program is taught in partnership with Kyoto Makers Garage (KMG)
It will take place at KMG's studio. (500m from KRP, GoogleMap link) where students will be able to work on the most common maker stations and tools:

  • 3D printers: Stereolithography (Formlab) and Fused Deposition Modeling
  • CNC (a computer-controlled cutting machine used for cutting various hard materials, such as wood, composites, aluminum, steel, plastics...)
  • Laser cutting machines

Location:

〒600-8846
京都府京都市下京区朱雀宝蔵町73-1

73-1 Sujakuhozocho, Shimogyo Ward
Kyoto, 600-8846, Japan

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Kyoto Makers Garage Inside


Hands-on Boot Camps

Our first Boot Camp is an introduction to 3D printing.

This is one of the key future technologies, enabling businesses to cut costs, reduce time to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency, and solve a myriad of other challenges.

That’s why we think it’s important for our students to have an understanding of the technology in the 21st century global economy.

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Hardware BootCamp

Hardware BootCamp

Hardware BootCamp

Hardware BootCamp

Hardware BootCamp

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Tech Entrepreneur

Cutting-Edge Curriculum

Our curriculum is meant to bring non-technical students to a level that allows them to independently build their own product. During that journey, they will learn the best approach to problem solving and the technics to quickly assess the potential of their idea, test their hypothesis, minimize their risk, design and build a MVP and then iterate from there. We focus only on the most relevant and up-to-date tools used across the Tech Industry.

  1. Learn to Build Websites
  2. Create a Back-End App with JavaScript
  3. Create a Front-End App with React
  4. Analyze Data with Python
  5. Analyze Data with SQL
  6. Get Started with Machine Learning

Our Tech Entrepreneurs will learn how to write production ready code and how to lead others. During this immersive startup program, they will interact with different roles at the company (engineers, designers, product managers, project managers) and they will also have a chance to be one of them if they choose to. At the end of the sprint, each team demo their progress in front of the product manager. At the end of the class the teams will have the opportunity to present their final product.

Two Programs, Flexible Learning

Our Tech Entrepreneurs are often full-time University students with non-technical major. We have thus designed our program in the most flexible way possible to insure that it is compatible with their otherwise busy schedule.

Each session consists of a class followed by a short project to be completed by the students at home or in the class, alone or as a group.

Through our program, students will acquire two essential skills: building web applications (JavaScript) as well as data-driven decision tools (Python).

Each skill is further split into 3 sub-skills, so that our Tech Entrepreneurs can learn at their own pace. While it is best to have these 3 sub-skills completed in a short time-interval, we also understand that this might not always be possible when studying for another degree in parallel.

To complete each skill, our students will further be able to chose between two programs:

  • Intensive Boot Camp program (3hr+3hr/day, 5d/week for 12 weeks, ¥600,000)
  • Continuous Learning program (4hr+4hr/day, 2d/week for 24 weeks, ¥675,000)

A new class will start once at least six students have registered. Do not hesitate to contact us for more details.



About Us

Build 1st, Theory 2nd

To be successful at something you need to be surrounded by experts that guide you along the way. That’s exactly what we did with the design of our immersive startup class. Instead of the traditional approach where students sit in a formal classroom, learn the theory first, and solve fictitious problems, our students are essentially software engineers that works for a startup and create actual products. They will need to solve real-world problems through decomposing, researching independently as well as managing their projects. The more academic part of the teaching will come only as and when needed to keep their projects moving forward. This environment, technologies, and processes are identical to successful startups and companies around the world.

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The Tech Scene

Our founder has built over the years an large network within the Tech Industry. Being permanently in contact with the brigthest individuals in this field allows Kyoto Lesson to provide cutting edge education to its students. All the tools and technics that we are using are always aligned with the indusctry best practices and always up-to-date. Moreover, Kyoto Lesson provides a unique opportunity for its students to get directly in touch with Tech leaders: for more advanced classes, we'll be working on projects in collaboration with some of the largest tech companies (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Uber, Airbnb...), smaller startups (local and foreign) as well as with non-profit organizations.


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About the founder

Alan is a French national who studied at a prestigious US University. He holds three master's degree in Engineering, Statistics and Business Administration as well as an All but dissertation PhD degree (ABD) in Probability and Finance. Alan has been working as an option trader for several top-tiers investment banks for 15 years in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Being an enthusiast python coder, Alan was also during that time in charge of automating all the front office activities. He is also the co-founder of HealthCo, a MedTech which mission is to make patient’s medical data portability a reality. Alan also recently co-founded a FinTech, taking advantage of arbitrage opportunities seen on crypto-currency markets (bitcoin...).


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Where to Find Us?


Community Lab N5.5 Logo

Community Lab N5.5
(250m from Gojo station, GoogleMap link)

〒600-8188
京都府京都市下京区和泉町529

529 Izumicho, Shimogyō ku,
Kyōto City, Kyōto 〒600-8188

Community Lab N5.5 Outside



Groving Base Logo

Groving Base
(500m from Gojo station, GoogleMap link)

〒600-8449
京都市下京区新町通松原下ル富永町107番地1

107-1 Tominaga-chō, Shimogyō ku,
Kyōto City, Kyōto 〒600-8449

Groving Base Classroom