Nishimachi's Japanese Program

Nishimachi's Japanese Program

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.

How much Japanese is taught?

The Japanese language program at Nishimachi is compulsory, in which all students participate in Japanese instruction from 40 to 60 minutes per day.

What is Japanese Social Studies?

Taught only in middle school Japanese social studies (JSS) provides an extended opportunity for students to engage with Japanese geography, history, and culture. Classes are taught in Japanese or English, providing all students additional opportunities to learn Japanese vocabulary in context. Students develop an understanding of the political, economic, and social systems of our host country.

How are students grouped for Japanese?

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.

What defines the content of the Japanese curriculum at Nishimachi?

a) Language A (levels 1-4) classes use curriculum guidelines and materials mandated by the Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).

b) Language B (levels 5-9) classes draw upon a variety of teaching materials and strategies for second language instruction.

How many students does Nishimachi have?
  • 464
How many students are in elementary school?
  • 348
How many students are in middle school?
  • 116
How many classes are there in each grade level?
  • Kindergarten, grades one through four – Usually three classes of up to 20 students per class. Grade four onwards – Two classes of up to 20 students
What is the nationality breakdown of Nishimachi's student body?
  • Japanese 35%, American 39%, Other nationalities representing 26%.
What are the school's hours of instruction?
  • Kindergarten - 8:15 am to 2:30 pm
  • Grades 1 to 9 - 8:15 am to 3:30 pm
How many teachers do you have?
  • 69 teachers, 43 in elementary and 26 teachers in middle school.
What is the teacher student ratio?
  • 1:7
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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