Japanese as an Additional Language (JAL)

At Shinagawa International School (SIS), we strive to deliver a Japanese curriculum that supports and challenges students of all levels of ability by differentiating our lesson activities and individualizing the tasks. Accordingly, we offer two Japanese language learning program: the Kokugo Program, for students who are native speakers of Japanese, and the JAL (Japanese as an Additional Language) program. The Kokugo program students follow the exact national curriculum and learning objectives that are utilized in Japanese public schools.

Japanese Kanji Lesson with students

However, the instruction for JAL students is flexible. JAL kids are provided a different program to help them learn the daily language and the basic Japanese skills. The parents of JAL students may discuss with our Japanese specialists on specific learning goals that they would like for their child to achieve by the end of the school year.

Japanese specialists are well-knowledged in the latest policies, research, and the methodologies of the national curriculum. They have been involved in professional development workshops and conferences for Japanese instructors of international schools in Japan.

Japanese Lesson with students