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.

Grade Level Content Expectations: Level A Program 6-9Level B Program K-9

Nishimachi International School
2-14-7 Moto Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046 Japan Tel: +81- (0)3-3451-5520

A well-recognized, independent, and coeducational K-9 international school in central Tokyo.

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