FAQ

Q : At school entry, do you expect that my child understands/speaks English?
  • A : Yes, to some extent for your child's smooth transition to the elementary school. We recommend your child start with our Preschool program. He/she acquires basic English skills through songs, games, and crafts.
Q : I'm not sure if GKA is suitable for my child.
  • A : We will provide individual-based assistance to support each student as each student has a different learning style. A lot of people assume that outgoing students are suitable for language learning. However, there are some students who learn slowly and quietly but steadily.
Q : Does GKA nurture Japanese identity?
  • A : Yes. In our extracurricular activities, students have firsthand experience of traditional Japanese culture such as flower arrangement, tea ceremony, martial arts, and Japanese musical instruments.
Q : My husband and I both work late. Can anyone look after my child after school?
  • A : We have After School Care Club, where experienced care staff look after your child.
Q : Does GKA have a school uniform ?
  • A : Yes. Students basically wear the uniform and shoes while they are at school. They also use GKA school bag when they come to school.
Q : What is an immersion program?
  • A : It is a type of bilingual education in which students learn subjects such as math, science, social studies and art in their second language. Learning English is not a goal; the goal is to obtain knowledge and concept of the subjects. English is an instrument to achieve the goal. GKA adopts a partial immersion program where 70% of instruction is given in English.
      Accumulating immersion activities will allow children to acquire English as naturally as they acquire their native language.
Q : Does an immersion program have a negative impact on acquisition of Japanese language?
  • A : It's been reported that students in immersion schools in Canada, the United States and Japan have acquired their first language as well as students in regular schools. Research in Japan and overseas also indicates that bilingual children attain various skills in thinking, expression and perceptiveness. Thus, children acquire good skills in their native language by making comparison to their second language.

    Even with the practice of 70% of partial immersion education at GKA, students' dominant language in their daily life is Japanese. They watch Japanese TV programs, read Japanese newspapers, and talk with their parents in Japanese. Thus, they have a great deal of exposure to Japanese language. However, the amount of Japanese language used in immersion education is of course smaller compared to regular schools where all subjects are taught in Japanese. Japanese Language Arts class plays a crucial role in our school and we encourage students and parents to devote much of their time in reading Japanese books.

Q : Can children acquire good academic proficiency if they study in their second language?
  • A : In Canada and the United States, results of academic proficiency test indicate that the average scores of students in immersion classrooms were about the same or slightly higher than those of students in regular classrooms. In Japan, similar tendency has been observed. It has been proved that learning in a second language does not adversely affect students' academic skills. As of graduation of an immersion high school in Japan, many students have been accepted by prestigious Japanese/overseas universities.
      However, immersion education requires both children and parents a considerable amount of energy. Please keep in mind that the success in immersion program is the result of hard work.