Updated  7/14

MOST COMPREHENSIVE JAPANESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA / FOUNDED IN 1915
WE BUILT OUR REPUTATION ON OUR QUALITY.


JAPANESE LANGUAGE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN AGES 5-14


NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
SOKO GAKUEN Japanese Language School
Buddhist Church of San Francisco
1881 Pine Street
San Francisco, California 94109
Phone 415-928-9608

住坐 臥 一念 三千
Learn Japanese in a friendly atmosphere from native-speaking bilingual teachers.


PROGRAM  . . . . . REGISTRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . .   DURATION OF PROGRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   TUITION
2014-2015 . . . . Sat. 8/16/14, 9-12 noon . . . . 9/6/14 - 6/6/15 (102 contact hours, 34 sessions, 10 months)  $700 fy

Soko Gakuen offers one 10-month program (classes meet every Saturday between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon) for children each year as shown above.


HOW TO ENROLL
To enroll in a class, come to the location (440 Austin Street, San Francisco - Soko Gakuen Educational Bldg) to register on registration day. Or application may be mailed (for continuing students), along with a check for tuition, to:
SOKO GAKUEN
1881 PINE STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109

After paying the tuition, the pupil's name will appear in the class list that will be posted on the Soko Gakuen bulletin board in the building (or mailed out to you) by the first day of instruction.  The pupil, however, may be able to CHANGE CLASSES WITH THE TEACHER AND COORDINATOR'S APPROVAL; Or the teacher and coordinator may suggest that the pupil change his or her class during the first few weeks.


TUITION, MATERIALS AND UTILITIES FEES (nonrefundable)   *rates ($700 for 2013-2014)
Academic year: *$700 (tuition--600, materials and utilities fees--$100). Tuition together with
the materials and utilities fees must be paid in the beginning of each semester. (in August--$350
& in February--$350). Tuition does not include costs of textbook and workbook.

LATE REGISTRATION FEE
There will be a $20 late registration fee assessed for all registration forms received at the
Soko Gakuen Office after the registration day (Saturday, 8/16/14).

APPLICATION OR ENROLLMENT FEE
None.
Soko Gakuen has a strict "No Jacking Money from the little guy" policy.



CLASSES
Course Title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Time . . . . . . . . . Meeting Day . . . . . . . . . Room . . . . . . . . Duration . . . . . Tuition
KINDERGARTEN . . . . . . . . . 9 - 12 noon . . . . . . Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 . . . . . . . 9/6/14 - 6/6/15     $700
BEGINNING . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 - 12 noon . . . . . . Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 . . . . . . . 9/6/14 - 6/6/15      $700
INTERMEDIATE . . . . . . . . . . 9 - 12 noon . . . . . . Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 . . . . . . . 9/6/14 - 6/6/15      $700
ADVANCED . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 - 12 noon . . . . . . Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 . . . . . . . 9/6/14 - 6/6/15      $700


EVALUATION & CERTIFICATE
Final exams are given at all levels at the end of each semester. Upon completion of the academic year course, the pupil will be given a CERTIFICATE OF PROMOTION (SHURYO SHOSHO). After the final exam, your teacher will write a formal evaluation (REPORT CARD) of your performance in his or her class and of your overall proficiency: listening, speaking, reading, spelling, communication, penmanship, skills will be evaluated by the letter grade (A 90-100, B 80-89, C 70-79, D Needs Attention, and F Failure). Also your homework, attendance, punctuality, attention, effort, motivation, manners, responsibility, will be evaluated by the letter grade (E Excellent, S Satisfactory, U Unsatisfactory). At the end of each academic year (in June), you will receive your REPORT CARD.  Soko Gakuen will keep your records and will release them upon your request.  Grades & attendance are viewable at STUDENT GRADES AND INFORMATION REPOSITORY. The REPORT CARD, together with your results on the final exam given at the end of each semester, will enable us to determine your individual progress and to make recommendations as objectively as possible for your future studies.

AWARDS & HONORS
A KAIKIN SHO (PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD) will be given to the pupil who has had perfect attendance during the academic year, and a SEIKIN SHO (GOOD ATTENDANCE AWARD) to the pupil who has had 1 or 2 absences during the academic year. A DORYOKU SHO (EFFORT AWARD) may be given to the pupil whose effort throughout the academic year was laudable.

JAPANESE ON THE INTERNET
http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/index.html
http://www.ajalt.org/rwj/menu3.htm
http://www.mahoroba.ne.jp/~gonbe007/hog/shouka/00_songs.html
http://www.synapse.ne.jp/~iichiki

HOLIDAYS
NO CLASSES will be held on LABOR DAY, during the THANKSGIVING, and Christmas.


Mission Statement

PRINCIPAL AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
F. KUNZE, BCSF exBoard  *photo*

Y. McCORMICK, Ed.D., USF-fac  *photo*
Y. SHIMAZU, Ed.D., Consultant  *photo*
K. SUDA, Ed.D., USF-fac  *photo*
A. UCHIMA, CCSF-fac  *photo*
B. YOSHIKAWA, Board Chair  *photo*

TEACHERS

Y. KOMORI, Instructor (6/00-).   *photo*
BA (1990) in business and humanities, Golden Gate University. Certified to teach Japanese as a second language, Hoso University, Chiba, Japan. Taught Japanese at Nissait Language School, Tokyo, Japan (1980-1989).

T. NARUI, Instructor (4/12-)  *photo*
BA in speech communication, San Francisco State University;  MA (2011) in teaching Japanese as a second language, San Francisco State University.  

T. SAKUDO, Instructor (4/07-).   *photo*
BA in English language and literature, Kyoto Notre Dame University, Japan; MA (2007) in teaching Japanese as a second language, San Francisco State University.


TEACHING ASSISTANTS  /  VOLUNTEERS
Yuka KITAGAWA,  yuk2.k621@gmail.com   *photo*
Keisuke MIYAKI, keiun_5821@yahoo.co.jp   *photo*
Miho NAMBA,  mihonamba@yahoo.com  
*photo*

OFFICE AND/OR TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Chika OHATA, chika.bob2@gmail.com  *photo*

EX-TEACHING ASSISTANTS AND TEACHERS
 

Smoking is bad for you.


GENERAL COURSE OUTLINE AND/OR OBJECTIVES
KINDERGARTEN {5 and 6 years old}. TEXTBOOK and WORKBOOK: The California Association of Japanese Language Schools. (1992). やさしいにほんご 入門 / Introductory Japanese. Tokyo, Japan: SEIBIDO. Plus supplementary materials including the internet sites.
Upon completion of this course, the pupil should be able to: (a) be familiar with HIRAGANA and use them in sentences; (b) learn and sing several traditional Japanese children's songs; (c) make ORIGAMI--Japanese folding paper; (d) take simple commands; (e) use simple Japanese sentences such as ITADAKIMASU, GOCHISOU SAMA, GOMEN NASAI, TADAIMA, OYASUMI NASAI, etc. (f) name objects, animals (p97), and humans such as TSUKUE, ISU, GAKKOU, SENSEI, OTOUSAN, OKAASAN, ONEESAN, OJIISAN, OBAASAN, and use them in sentences; (g) tell someone your name and your teacher's name; (h) say WATASHI WA GAKUSEI DESU " I'm a student", WATASHI NO SENSEI DESU "This is my teacher", and TOMODACHI DESU "This is my friend". (i) be familiar with body parts such as ATAMA, KAO, HANA, KUCHI, etc. and use them in questions and answers, (j) learn some words that describe nouns such as URESHII, KANASHII, OMOSHIROI, KOWAI, etc. (k) learn some words --MIZU, OCHA, JUICE-- that we drink and use them in interrogative, affirmative, and negative sentences; (l) express desire, i.e., ...GA HOSHII; (m) use ...GA ARIMASU(KA), ...ARIMASEN; ...GA IMASU(KA), ...IMASEN (pp83-86); (n) use ...O YOMIMASU(KA), WAKARI MASU(KA); (o) count numbers 1-10; (p) say fruit, vegetable, and other words in interrogative, affirmative, and negative sentences KORE WA NASHI DESU, SORE WA KABOCHA DESU, ARE WA HIKOUKI DESU, (q) ask for things using ...O KUDASAI; (r) use ...O TABEMASU(KA), ...TABEMASEN, (s) learn shape words MARU, SANKAKU, SHIKAKU; (t) ask and tell time NANJI DESUKA, ...JI DESU; (u) use NANI O MIMASUKA, ...O MIMASU; (v) use ASOBI MASHOU and ASOBOU; (w) learn more vocabulary and expressions NAGAI/MIJIKAI, OOKII/CHIISAI, TAKUSAN/SUKOSHI, DOKO NI IIMASUKA, GAKKOU NI IKIMASU, ZOU WA OOKII NA, KAWAII NE, NIISAN WA UMANI NORIMASU, (x) ask and tell locations of things and animals ...WA DOKO NI ARIMASUKA, ...NO SHITA NI ARIMASU, ...WA DOKO NI IMASUKA, ...NO USHIRO NI IMASU. Children may enjoy RAJIO TAISOU during the recess (10:00-10:15 a.m.).

BEGINNING {6 through 8 years old}. TEXTBOOK and WORKBOOK: The California Association of Japanese Language Schools. (1994). やさしいにほん ご 初級 / Elementary Japanese. Tokyo, Japan: SEIBIDO. Plus supplementary materials, the internet sites.Upon completion of this course, the pupil should be able to: (a) be familiar with KATAKANA and use them in sentences; (b) learn and sing several traditional Japanese children's songs; (c) make ORIGAMI--Japanese folding paper; (d) ask and tell people's names, and write them as well; (e) use DARE DESU KA, ...DESU; NANI GA ARIMASU KA, ...GA ARIMASU, NANI GA IMASU KA, ...GA IMASU, ARE WA NAN DESU KA, ...WA ...DESU, NANI O TABEMASU KA, ...O TABEMASU, NANI GA HOSHII DESUKA, ...GA HOSHII DESU; (f) construct sentences using ...IMASU, ...ARIMASU, ...SUKI DESU, ...HOSHII DESU, ...TABEMASU, ...NOMIMASU; (g) understand Vte KUDASAI; (h) use expressions used in the morning KAO O ARAIMASU, HA O MIGAKIMASU, etc.; (i) use expressions used at school SENSEI, OHAYOU GOZAIMASU; (j) use numbers in sentences NANNIN KIMASHITA KA, ...NIN KIMASHITA; (k) listen and enjoy a Japanese story FUKUROU; (l) express desire ...GA TABETAI, ...GA NOMITAI; (m) use ....O SHIMASHOU, ...O SHIYOU; (n) ask and tell telephone numbers SENSEI NO DENWA BANGOU WA... .. .... DESU; (o) enjoy the NAZO NAZO language game; (p) learn expressions ASOKO, SOKO, and KOKO in a conversation; (p) use ....WA DOKO NI IMASUKA, ...NI IMASU; (q) DON NA DOUBUTSU GA SUKI/HOSHII DESUKA, ...GA SUKI/HOSHII DESU, (r) use NAN DE TSUKURU NO? ...DE TSUKUROU, IKURA DESU KA, HITOTSU 3 DORU DESU, MELON TO RINGO DE 5 DORU DESU, ...O KUDASAI, ...MADE IKIMASU, MIGI/HIDARI NI MAGARI MASU, ...E ...DE IKIMASU, (s) express how you feel or what you did ...GA ITAI, ...O TABETA, ...O NONDA, ...GA TABETAI, (t) learn expressions ...E IKOU, ...O TSUKU ROU; (u) use ...O SHITE IMASUKA, ...WA ...O V te/de IMASU, (v) tell what you did yesterday ...JI NI ...O ...MASHITA, (w) enjoy a Japanese folk tale "SARU TO KANI" (x) ...NI ...O AGEMASU, ...O ...KARA MORAIMASU, (y) describe pictures OTOU SAN WA SHINBUN O YONDE IMASU, etc.; (z) learn some simple KANJI. Children also enjoy RAJIO TAISOU during the first recess (10:00-10:15 a.m.) http://www.biwa.ne.jp/~hykw5104/rajiotaisou.html

INTERMEDIATE {9 through 11 years old}. TEXTBOOK and WORKBOOK: The California Association of Japanese Language Schools. (1995). やさしいにほんご 中級 / Intermediate Japanese. Tokyo, Japan: SEIBIDO. Plus supplementary materials. Upon completion of this course, the pupil should be able to: (a) be familiar with KATAKANA and use them in sentences; (b) learn and sing several traditional Japanese children's songs; (c) introduce a friend, use DONNA ....GA SUKI DESUKA, SUKINA ...WA ...DESU, ...O NEN YATTE IMASU, (d) write memos, ...TARA DOU SHIMASUKA, ...O IRETE KUDASAI, ...GA HAITTE IMASU, (e) learn expressions when you are sick, ...GA ...KUTE ...MASU/DESU/...O ...MASHITA/...NI MASHITA, ...NASAI, (e) express ability, ...GA DEKIMASEN/DEKINAI, (f) use ...NI NORIMASU, ...HAJIME MASHITA, ...TAKU NAI/TAKU ARIMASEN, (g) use ...GA ...TE IMASU, ...TSUMORI DESU, (h) use ...KATA, ...TE/DE MIMASHOU, (i) keep diary, use ...TEMO/DEMO IIDESUKA, ...TEWA/DEWA IKEMASEN, ...KATTA, (j) use ...NI ITTE ...GA/NI ...TAI, ...TEDE ...KATTA, (k) use ...NAI, ...KU NATTA, ...NI NATTA, (k) use ...TARI/DARI ...TARI/DARI, ...TA/DA KIMOCHI, (l) use ...TO ...DESU, ...TEMO/DEMO ...TEMO/DEMO, (m) familiar with Japanese folk tales, seasons in Japan, some Kanji, sentence patterns, and verb conjugations.

ADVANCED  {12  through 14 years old}.   TEXTBOOK:  Association for Japanese-Language Teaching.  (1998).  Japanese for Young People I  Student Book.  Tokyo: Kodansha International.   Plus  supplementary materials prepared by the instructor.    Upon completion of this course, the pupil should be able to:   (a) introduce oneself and others (L.1), ask and give phone numbers, say please and thank you (L.2), ask and tell time, show hesitation (L.3),  ask and give days of the week, apologize (L. 4), ask and give ages, ask and tell dates, introduce your family members, express cautions such as ABUNAI/DIAJOBU,  ask welfare and assure safety (L.5), ask and give prices of goods, request things, indicate decisions (L.6),  ask country of manufacture, use spatial/location words, use counters such as -TSU, -HON, -MAI  (L.7),  use shopping words (L.8),  describe things, offer and accept things -WA IKAGA DESUKA / ITADAKI MASU (L. 9),  show intentions, express habitual action-- verbs, adjectives, adverbs of frequency, etc. (L.10),  express completed actions (L. 11),  express coming and going, going out and coming back (L.12),  visit a place, greet guests (L.13),  speak to SEMPAI (L.14),   (b)  learn more about Japan (society, culture, history, etc.),   learn  approx. 80 Kanji,   sentence patterns,   and  verb conjugations.


EDUCATIONAL, CULTURAL & SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

GINZA BAZAAR.  One of the most important activities that is held annually in July. It is an excellent opportunity to let the community know of Soko Gakuen's existence and endeavors.

Because Soko Gakuen is sponsored by the Buddhist Church of San Francisco (BCSF), the Gakuen or school has the full support of the church. The church has assisted Soko Gakuen on many occasions. In turn, Soko Gakuen participates in some of the church activities. GINZA BAZAAR is one opportunity through which the Parents can strengthen the bonds.

OPEN HOUSES.  Class observation by parents or guardians, October.

SHIN NENKAI or NEW YEAR'S PARTY.

SPEECH CONTESTS.

GRADUATION, PROMOTION, GAKUGEIKAI & POTLUCK SOCIAL GATHERINGS.
These activities are an essential part of the children's learning the Japanese language and culture. All parents are encouraged to participate in these school activities, June.

GAKUGEIKAI or GAKUSHUU HAPPYOUKAI.
(Small presentations such as short skits, singing, etc. by pupils). Once a year all parents are welcome to attend the GAKUGEIKAI and are expected to encourage their children to participate.

Drugs are bad for you.

* * * * * ACTING ON PRIORITIES : A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE * * * * *        Mission Statement

Soko Gakuen is devoted to the conveyance of Japanese traditions. We insist on a high standard of conduct by our children. If a child does not behave properly, the parent will be notified.  If the problem continues, the pupil will be asked to withdraw from the school.

桑港学園は、日本の伝統を受け継ぎ、教えることを一つの大きな目標にか かげています。生徒には、教師の言いつけをよく守り、礼儀正しく、品位のあ る行いを期待します。もし生徒の授業態度その他に難点のある場合は、親もしくは保護者に直ちに連絡します。注意にもかかわらず、生徒の行いの改まらない場 合はには退園処分とします。

RULES FOR PUPILS AT SOKO GAKUEN / THINGS TO REMEMBER

CLASS HOURS
KINDERGARTEN - INTERMEDIATE: 9:00-10:00, (GYM: 10:00-10:15) 10:30-11:10, and 11:20-12:00.
ADVANCED: 9:00-10:00, 10:10-11:00, and 11:10-12:00.

BRING PAPER, PENCILS, A PEN AND YOUR NOTEBOOKAND TEXTBOOK TO CLASS EVERY SATURDAY. DO GREET IN JAPANESE AT THE BEGINNING AND AT THE END OF EVERY CLASS. BE IN YOUR SEAT AND READY TO WORK ON TIME. PARTICIPATE IN ALL CLASS ACTIVITIES.

ATTENDANCE POLICY
ALL PUPILS MUST COME TO CLASS ON TIME. ARRIVING 10 OR MORE MINUTES LATE OR LEAVING EARLY WILL MEAN THE PUPIL IS TARDY. THREE (3) TIMES BEING TARDY WILL BE COUNTED AS ONE ABSENCE. 3 LATES (or 3 LE) = 1 ABSENCE. TEACHER MAY EXCLUDE FROM THE FINAL EXAMS AND RECORD A U GRADE FOR ANY PUPIL WHOSE ABSENCES IN A COURSE EXCEED 20% (4 ABSENCES PER SEMESTER) OF THE SCHEDULED CLASSES.

THREE (3) ABSENCES WILL CAUSE GRAVE CONCERN AND REQUIRE A CONFERENCE.

MISSING HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS WILL AFFECT YOUR FINAL GRADE. IF YOU MISS A CLASS, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND OUT WHAT YOUR CLASS COVERED DURING THAT CLASS SO THAT YOU CAN BE READY FOR THE NEXT CLASS.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED IN THE SOKO GAKUEN BUILDING
RUNNING. SITTING ON THE TABLE. EATING DURING CLASS TIME (I.E., 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON). [YOU MAY HOWEVER HAVE SOFT DRINKS OR SNACKS IN ROOM 106 DURING THE RECESS. YOU MUST CLEAN AND TIDY UP THE ROOM AFTER EATING.]   PLAYING IN THE BUILDING (INCLUDING THE FOYER OR HALLWAY AREA) AT ANY TIME. SITTING ON THE WINDOW SILLS OR LEANING OUT THE WINDOW. YELLING, SCREAMING, OR MAKING DISRUPTIVE NOISES. WRITING GRAFFITI IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING. BOUNCING BALLS, SKATE-BOARDING.

IN CLASS
BE WELL-PREPARED FOR YOUR OWN PERFORMANCE. RAISE YOUR HAND WHEN YOU WANT TO SPEAK IN CLASS. DO NOT ANSWER WHEN OTHER PUPILS HAVE BEEN CALLED ON. ALL WORK MUST BE LEGIBLY WRITTEN IN DARK PENCIL OR BLUE OR BLACK INK. YOU MUST LISTEN TO AND WATCH OTHERS POLITELY AND CAREFULLY WHEN THEY PERFORM.

IT IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO USE JAPANESE ONLY AT ALL TIMES IN CLASS. DO CLEAN AND TIDY UP THE CLASSROOM FURNITURE AND MATERIALS AFTER USING THEM.

* * * * * SERVICE WITH INTEGRITY * * * * *





CALENDAR 2014-2015

CHILDREN'S CLASSES

Aug 16, 2014 . . . . . . . . . 2014-2015 School year registration 9 a.m.
Sep 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2014-2015 school year begins 9 a.m.
Oct 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OPEN HOUSE / class observation
Nov 29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thanksgiving holiday (NO CLASSES)
Dec 13 . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . Winter break holidays (NO CLASSES)
Jan 10, 2015 . . . . . . . . . . CLASSES RESUME 9 a.m.
"   17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1st semester FINAL EXAMS
"   24 . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . End of 1st semester / REPORT CARD DUE for handing out to pupils
Feb 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beginning of 2nd Semester
Mar 28 . . . .  . . . . . . . . .  SPRING BREAK (NO CLASSES)
Apr  5 (Sun) . . . . . . . . . .  Hanamatsuri
May 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Parent-Teacher conferences
       30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd semester FINAL EXAMS
"       6  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduation, Promotion




How satisfied are you with Soko Gakuen?  Mission Statement

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期間:
2014年 9月 6日 〜 2015年 6月 6日 
毎週土曜日 午前 9時 〜12時                             

1学期
2014年 9月 6日 〜 2014年 1月31日

2学期
2015年 2月 1日 〜 2015年 6月 6日                                   

学級
幼稚部、初級 、中級、上級       

年齢
5才 〜 14才                                              

登録方法
2014年 8月16日(土曜) の 午前9時から 正午までの間に下記の住所におこし下さい。  
440 Austin Street (at Octavia),
San Francisco, CA 94109   

授業料
年間 700ドル(電気・ガス・水道代  100ドル込み)。
350ドルを 各学期の始めに徴収します。 教科書代は別。                              

学園行事
オープン・ハウス、(新年会)、 学芸会、  ポットラック・パーティ、  仏 教会・花祭、  ぎ んざバザーなど


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