Kindergarten Program

Children who are five years old learn the Japanese culture through organized activities involving crafts, songs, and the Japanese language.

Beginning Level Japanese
(no prior language knowledge required)

Children will be introduced to the language with emphasis on listening and speaking, with some reading and writing. Culture lessons and crafts will be integrated into the lessons.

Elementary Level

Students will continue to develop basic conversational skills as well as reading and writing of short sentences. Students will be able to hold short conversations on topics relating to daily life. Culturally appropriate behavior as well as annual cultural festivities will be integrated into the lesson.

Intermediate Level Japanese

Students will further develop their abilities to function in a Japanese speaking environment through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students learn how to request information, converse in a participatory manner, and exchange detailed factual information. Classes will be conducted in Japanese for a majority of the time, including participation in discussions and activities in Japanese.

Advanced Level Japanese

Students will continue refining their ability to listen, speak, read, and write in Japanese. Students will be able to converse and discuss topics of current interest and express personal opinions. They will be able to narrate, describe, and explain. Students will be able to initiate, sustain, and close a general conversation with a number of communicative strategies. The students will be expected to participate in class discussions and activities using the language. Students will use Japanese in culturally authentic and practical situations, incorporating idiomatic expressions. They will learn the appropriate language to use in a variety of social interactions.

Adult Classes

Beginning Level students will learn basic Japanese which will enable the student to function as a tourist in Japan. The classes are held two hours every Saturday. Reading and writing of the script will be incorporated into the lessons, with emphasis on the spoken language. The classes will be on a continuing basis up to the advanced level in which idiomatic phrases and appropriate language for variety of social interactions will be taught.

After School Shuji Class

Students may participate in after school Shuji class, or brush calligraphy. Students learn this art form using the traditional brush and ink. No prior experience is necessary. Shuji helps students to learn proper lettering techniques. It also instills good mental attitude and enthusiasm toward studies, as well as training for perseverance. Shuji class begins after lunch from 12:30 - 1:30 PM. Students must purchase their own equipment (approximately $30).