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Bilingual Education
The Benefits of Bilingual Education

At SJIS significant advances in second language teaching and learning are made through an affiliation with the Centre for Language Teaching Research at Macquarie University (Sydney).  Curriculum development is monitored by some of Australia’s top researcher’s in second language acquisition to ensure that our approach is the finest on offer.

It has been recognised in many studies that children who become proficient in a second language have greater mental
agility, a sharper memory and are likely to be more alert later in life. Such children also develop a broader appreciation and adaptability in a variety of social and cultural contexts. Bilingualism also opens social and economic doors that are not
easily accessible to mono-linguists.

All SJIS students from Kindergarten through to Year 9 are enriched by a 45 minute language lesson, either Japanese

or English.


Japanese Language Program

The SJIS students who are enrolled in our Australian Curriculum education stream are offered the Japanese Language Program. The Program provides students with a daily 45 minute language lesson in Japanese. Three levels of Japanese programs are offered at SJIS.

These cater for students with no previous knowledge, basic knowledge and high proficiency. Each student is assessed on their Japanese proficiency level at the end of Kindergarten and placed in the appropriate Japanese language course from Year 1. Extension and enrichment work is given to students who are achieving at the top level in their course.

Students with no Japanese language or family background are quick to pick up this challenging language skill and gain many cognitive development benefits that progress them in other areas of their study. These students frequently go on to high school to be high language and academic achievers.

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