It all begins with the Language Pledge®: a promise to speak only the language you are studying for the duration of your time in the program. This complete linguistic immersion, combined with rigorous classroom learning and scores of in-language co...
My language levels visibly/audibly improved, I made life-long friends, I learned how to navigate myself using public transportation, I learned about Japanese culture through various host family programs... it was definitely worthwhile.
- Middlebury College
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I think my experience was definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and other ways of thinking.
- Wellesley College
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It all begins with the Language Pledge®: a promise to speak only the language you are studying for the duration of your time in the program. This complete linguistic immersion, combined with rigorous classroom learning and scores of in-language cocurricular activities, helps you achieve dramatic breakthroughs, no matter what your proficiency level.
In the Japanese School you'll experience a program that engages you at your current level while propelling you on to the next. “We’ve created an atmosphere in which students from different levels feel comfortable communicating with each other,” says Director Kazumi Hatasa. “This mutual support gives them the freedom to speak up, ask questions, and help each other learn.”
In class, you'll benefit from a top-notch faculty who will challenge and encourage you at every step, giving you the tools to rapidly improve your language skills. Outside the classroom, you'll participate in organized cocurricular activities—including soccer, Japanese tea ceremony, calligraphy, and karaoke—each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency.
Whether you’re anticipating travel abroad, preparing to teach Japanese, doing graduate research, or exploring the popular culture of contemporary Japan, a summer in the Japanese School will open the doors to linguistic and cultural fluency.