ACADEMICS

Our program provides instruction in all areas of the Japanese language – reading, writing and conversation – for practical communication. We also emphasize familiarity with the traditions and culture of Japan. Students participate in Japanese traditional arts, Japanese literature and poetry, crafts, games, cooking, calligraphy and other cultural events throughout the year.

Youth 1 Class

Key Topics include:

  • Hiragana reading, writing.

  • Basic conversational  phrases (greetings, introductions).

  • Vocabulary (days/months, colors, shapes, animals)

  • Japanese language -focused games.

  • Japanese related craft activities/projects.

Class

Our Youth 1 class learns  the Japanese phonetic script hiragana as well as basic vocabulary, essential conversational phrases, Japanese crafts, songs, foods and holiday traditions. Classes are conducted by the teacher (sensei) in Japanese utilizing both traditional lectures and activity-based learning via arts and crafts or cultural activities.

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Youth 2 Class

Key Topics include:

  • Hiragana review and Katakana instruction.

  • Conversational phrases (greetings, formal discussion, 1 to 1 conversational phrases)​.

  • Introduction to Kanji.

  • Introduction to sentence construction.

  • Vocabulary (everyday items, locations, etc.).

  • Japanese language- focused games/projects.

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This continues the skills developed in Y1, with additional instruction in writing, reading, and speaking in Japanese. Written and conversational lessons are delivered in the classroom and supplemented with textbooks as well as activities that celebrate Japanese holidays and traditions.

Junior 1 Class

Key Topics include:

  • Instructor-led textbook lessons and practice.

  • Conversation practice with dialogue reading and inter-student conversations.

  • Proper sentence structure with an emphasis in writing and oral lessons.

  • Further introduction to Kanji.

  • Cultural-focused projects; research and presentation opportunities.

This course provides students (6th - 12th grade) with the continued development of writing, reading, and speaking skills in Japanese. 

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