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Summer Japanese Classes Participants wanted

The Sendai Tourism, Convention and International Association and the Aoba-ku Chuo Shimin Center will be hosting volunteer-led Japanese language and other subject support classes for non-native Japanese speaking children during the summer vacation.

Dates and Time::July 30th (Tue.), 31st (Wed.), August 1st (Thurs.), 2nd (Fri.) 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location:Aoba Ward Chuo Shimin Center (2-1-4 Ichibancho, Aoba-ku, Sendai)

Eligible Students: Non-native Japanese speaking children of elementary or middle school age

Contents:Japanese study, individual guidance of school’s study

Fee:Free. (Prior application required.)
Application Form Download: (2019年)英語チラシ, (2019年)英語チラシ
Inquires:Sendai Tourism, Convention and International Association Ms. OU

℡:(022)268-6260 Fax:(022)268-6252 E-mail:

Send Applications to
6F, Higashi Nihon Fudosan Sendai Ichibancho Building, 3-3-20 Ichibancho, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-0811 Ms. OU

This year, Summer Japanese Classes are in their tenth year. There are some children who have participated almost every year, as well as some newly joining children. Some of them have just come to Japan and can’t read hiragana or katakana; some of them wish to learn Japanese everyday conversation, some of them can communicate a little, but can’t keep up with school studies and need somebody to help with their homework and some of them can keep up with studying, but they want to improve their vocabulary, writing skills, science knowledge, etc.

Therefore, the summer vacation classes are done as follows.

① Unlike study at school, it is a one-on-one instruction style. If some children don’t know Japanese at all, there will be an interpreter with them. The teacher will also instruct children with a lot of pictures to help them understand easily and well.

② Because there are many small children to avoid them getting tired during the classes the teachers devise various things. For example they set science experiments time (experiments using magnets and batteries), and on the final day they play games.

③ As these classes are only for 4 days, they can’t complete all of their studies. However they can set some small goals every day, when the goals are finished, they can feel the joy of achieving them.

④ Teachers of these classes are volunteers who have extensive experience in teaching foreigners’ children and university students. So it is really a wonderful environment for children.

⑤ The teachers also prepare a lot of textbooks, problem books and picture books.

Textbook example: Japanese picture cards