We believe that learning another language provides the opportunity to grow beyond a single culture. The ultimate goal for students attending Nishimachi, from Kindergarten through Grade 9, is to set each student firmly on a path towards bilingualism. Specifically, the goal of Japanese education at Nishimachi is to develop the capability in each student to communicate in Japanese: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The Japanese language program at Nishimachi is compulsory, in which all students participate in Japanese instruction from 40 to 60 minutes per day.
Students are grouped by ability through assessments by the Japanese team. Levels range from 1 through 9, with 1 as Fully Proficient to the Grade Level and Level 9 as Entry-level. These levels are split into Language A and Language B (see Flow Chart for more information). Language A (levels 1-4) classes use curriculum guidelines and materials mandated by the Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). Language B (levels 5-9) classes draw upon a variety of teaching materials and strategies for second language instruction.