Japanese Language Classes for Children Grades 1 through 8
JASL Program (Japanese as a Second Language) is a program for non-native speaking children with little or no background in Japanese. Language and culture are introduced, using both Japanese and English with textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, games, and activities. We focus on conversation practice, encouraging the students to speak a lot of Japanese in class. Homework is assigned each week, varying from one to several pages, depending on the class level. Communication with parents is, on the whole, done in English. The school year is divided into two semesters, with classes starting in September and ending in June. Classes meet Sundays from 1:00 to 4:20, with a 15-minute snack break. JASL students participate in school-wide activities such as undookai (Japanese field day), the holiday play, the bazaar and bake sale, and the used-book sale. We also hold special activities, such as a hands-on calligraphy lesson and the year-end speech contest. Students should bring pencils, erasers, and notebooks, as well as a snack each class day.
* Textbook and workbooks will be available for purchase at the beginning of the school year.
** Classes may be canceled subject to enrollment. We accept rolling admissions.
For children in lower grades; for the younger beginner. In this class, students learn how to read and write the phonetic hiragana and katakana letters, as well as some basic kanji characters (Chinese character). The students learn how to introduce themselves, talk about family, simple daily activities, foods, etc. Each class day includes crafts and games, and cultural elements are also introduced
|Textbook||Yasashii Nihongo, Introductory Japanese (red) and two workbooks (also red). ISBN 4-7919-6628-7 for the textbook.|
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For children in grades 4-8; for the older beginner. This class is similar to JASL 1, but for an older cognitive level. Students learn how to read and write the phonetic hiragana and katakana letters, and some basic kanji characters (Chinese characters). The students learn how to talk about themselves, family, daily activities, foods, school life etc. The focus is on expressing one's likes and dislikes as well as some basic opinions. Each class day includes games and participation in cultural activities.
|Textbook||Adventures in Japanese, level 1 (3rd Edition), ISBN-13:978-088-727-5494 or ISBN-10:088-727-5494 and Hiragana-Katakana Workbook (Paperback), ISBN 10-088-727-3025.|
For children in grades 3-5; prerequisite JASL1. In this course, students will develop mastery of all phonetic hiragana and katakana letters, as well as learn approximately 100 kanji characters in two years. Complex sentences patterns are introduced, including adjectives, the past tense of verbs, and the ability to talk about future plans. Games and crafts are also included, as well as exposure to cultural elements.
|Textbook||Yasashii Nihongo, Elementary Japanese (yellow) and two workbooks (also yellow). ISBN 4-7919-6631-7 for the textbook. |
Yasashii Nihongo, Intermediate Japanese (blue) and a workbook (also blue). ISBN 4-7919-6636-8 for the textbook.
For children in upper grades; prerequisite JASL 2 or 3. In this course, after a review of the hiragana and katakana phonetic letters, students will learn more advanced kanji characters. More complex sentence patterns will be introduced, including formal and informal forms. Age-appropriate games and crafts are included, as well as exposure to cultural elements.
|Textbook||Adventures in Japanese, Volume 2 textbook, 3rd Edition, ISBN-10: 088727577X, |
Adventures in Japanese, Volume 2 Workbook, 2nd Edition,ISBN-10: 0887274293.
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