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Japanese-Language Studies at School

Japanese-Language Support Classes

Inquiries: Educational Activities Support Section, Education Support Division

Instruction in the child’s mother tongue is offered for children who have transferred into a kindergarten, elementary school, or junior high school in Japan, but cannot speak Japanese, so that they can adjust to the Japanese language and school life in Japan. Teaching formats include Japanese-language support classes which are based at the Education Center or its satellite office (within Ushigome Nakano Elementary School) and Japanese-language support classes at school in which instructors are dispatched to schools and kindergartens.
In the Japanese-language support classes at the Education Center or its satellite office, 30 hours of concentrated instruction is provided. As a rule, the classes are in Korean or Chinese, but they can be provided in other languages upon consultation.
In the Japanese-language support classes at kindergartens and schools, classes for kindergarten students and elementary school first and second graders are conducted for 50 hours, and 70 hours for elementary school third through sixth graders and junior high school students. Additional classes can be added when children are advancing to upper grades in elementary and junior high school.
Besides instruction in the Japanese-language, instructors can also provide consultation for communication between the school and family.
In the past, many children have learned Japanese through these classes and have been able to enjoy school life in Japan.

Support Classes for Japanese Language and School Subjects

Inquiries: Educational Activities Support Section, Education Support Division

The city can dispatch a Japanese-language tutor to local elementary and junior high schools to help students who can speak basic Japanese and wish to receive individual help in the Japanese language and in their school studies in Japanese. The tutoring takes place after school or at other prearranged times up to twice a week.
Basically, instruction is for two hours each time, for up to 70 sessions (140 hours). For students in their third year of junior high school, even if they have already completed this Japanese-language and school subjects support program, a program offering extra support is available to help them pursue advanced education.

April 1, 2019