We believe that learning another language provides the opportunity to grow beyond a single culture. The ultimate goal for students attending Nishimachi International School 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 in the Middle School involves all students. Students attend Japanese class 8 hours every 10 day cycle.
Students are grouped by ability through a common assessment in all modalities with decisions made 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.