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, and speaking

  • Basic conversational phrases (greetings, days/months)

  • Vocabulary (colors, shapes, animals)

  • Japanese language focused game

  • Japanese related craft activities/projects

Our Youth 1 class learns  the Japanese phonetic script hiragana. Both grades learn 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.

Youth 2 Class

Key Topics include:

  • Hiragana and Katakana review

  • Conversation 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

This expedited introductory course will provide students (4th - 7th grade and older students with no language background) with the basics of writing, reading, and speaking in Japanese. Written and conversational lessons 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 lead textbook lessons and practice

  • Conversation practice with dialogue reading and inter-student conversations

  • Proper form sentence making; emphasis in writing and oral lesson

  • Further introduction to Kanji

  • Cultural focused projects; research and presentation opportunities

This course will provide students (6th - 12th grade) with the continued advancement  of writing, reading, and speaking in Japanese in the formal form. This course will now follow a Japanese textbook structure (material provided by Venice Gakuen). The main focus of this course in in writing, reading and conversation.