Japanese Language


We believe that internationalism is promoted through the language studies of the host country as well as through home and family language studies. Elementary students at YIS can choose to study either Japanese or their home and family language.

The Japanese language program in the elementary school is part of the PYP and consists of:

  • Japanese as a Native Language (JNL) – for native speakers of Japanese
  • Japanese as an Additional Language (JAL) – for beginners and non-native speakers of Japanese.

All of the Japanese classes collaborate with one or two PYP Units of Inquiry being taught at their grade level.