Our Japanese language instruction is based on a nationally recognized model called FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary Schools). Our model is called teacher-led FLES because all of our classroom teachers speak Japanese. In our teacher-led FLES program, each classroom teacher delivers Japanese language instruction, as opposed to having a special Japanese instruction come visit the classroom as regular or traditional FLES programs do.

Each JBBP class has about 30-45 minutes of Japanese instruction every day. This “30-45 minutes” is not necessarily frames as a set time. It is a great benefit of our program that each classroom teacher can spread out this time throughout the day depending on their students’ needs, which change day by day. The teachers integrate Japanese into their real classroom situations. This enables students to learn more functional or situational Japanese in a meaningful context.

JBBP teachers have created their own standard-based curriculum and teaching materials. The curriculum does not only include functional Japanese for real classroom situations, but also includes thematic units such as “self”, “family”, “school”, “food”, “nature”, etc. so that teachers can deliver Japanese beyond classroom situations.

JBBP’s teacher-led FLES program also serves to maintain heritage language skills for those students who are from Japanese speaking families. Each Japanese instruction has an extension to challenge Japanese speaking students.

Our teachers are supported by our full time Japanese Language Coordinator who helps maintain and improve curriculum, supplements instruction to heritage children, and assists with organizing cultural events.

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Japanese Classroom Activities:
  • Origami, Shibori, Sumi-e and other Japanse arts in addition to regular art class
  • Songs in both English and Japanese
  • Japanese games
  • Pen pals with Japanese language students
  • Taiko drumming, history and dance for all 4th and 5th graders
  • Sushi and mochi making
  • Kanji in 4th and 5th grade
  • Japanese plays and skits in 3rd-5th grades
  • Rajio Taiso – morning calisthenics
Japanese Cultural Events Celebrated Throughout the Year:
  • Otsukimi – Harvest Moon Viewing
  • Taiiku no Hi – Sports Day
  • Bunka no Hi – Cultural Day
  • Gakugei-kai – Performing Arts Day
  • Oshogatsu – Japanese New Year
  • Setsubun – First Day of Spring
  • Hina Matsuri – Doll Festival
  • Sakura Matsuri – Cherry Blossom Parade
  • Kodomo no Hi – Children’s Day