Updated  24/6

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


JAPANESE LANGUAGE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN AGES 5-14.  Soko Gakuen is a smartPhone Free School.


NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
SOKO GAKUEN Japanese Language School
Buddhist Church of San Francisco
1881 Pine Street
San Francisco, California 94109
Phone 415-928-9608
(All classes are held at 440 Austin Street Educ. Bldg)

住坐臥
Learn Japanese in a friendly atmosphere from native-speaking bilingual teachers.


PROGRAM  . . . . . REGISTRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  DURATION OF PROGRAM  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TUITION
2024-2025 . . . . Sat. 8/17/24, 9 -12 noon . . . .  9/7/24 - 6/7/25 (99 contact hours, 33 sessions, 10 months)     $900 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 Education Bldg) to register on registration day. Or application may be mailed (for continuing students), along with a check for tuition, to:
SOKO GAKUEN
440 AUSTIN 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)
Academic year: $900 (tuition--800, materials and utilities fees--$100). Tuition together with
the materials and utilities fees must be paid in the beginning of each semester. (in August--$450
& in February--$450). 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, 8/17/24).

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 . . . . . . .   9/7/24 - 6/7/25   $900
BEGINNING . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9 - 12 noon . . . . . . Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 . . . . . . .   9/7/24 - 6/7/25   $900
INTERMEDIATE . . . . . . . . . .  9 - 12 noon . . . . . . Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 . . . . . . .   9/7/24 - 6/7/25   $900
ADVANCED . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9 - 12 noon . . . . . . Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . .106  . . . . . . .   9/7/24 - 6/7/25   $900


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.synapse.ne.jp/~iichiki


HOLIDAYS
NO CLASSES will be held on LABOR DAY, during the Thanksgiving Day week, and Christmas.


Mission Statement
PRINCIPAL AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
K. KOJIMOTO, exBCSF Board President  *photo*
F. KUNZE, BCSF exBoard  *photo*

K. Marek, KQED,  *photo*
Y. SHIMAZU, Ed.D., Consultant  *photo*
A. UCHIMA, Laney & Contra Costa College-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).

R. KONDO, Instructor (9/07-).  *photo
BA in linguistics, Shinshu University, Japan;  MEd (2006) in teaching English as a second language, State University of New York at Buffalo; and MA (2015) in teaching Japanese as a second language at San Francisco State University. Taught Japanese at the University of California, Berkeley (summer 2008).


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.  Taught Japanese at Diablo Valley College, CA (2014-2015); at University of California, Berkeley ATDP Program (2007, 2008, 2011, & 2014); at Woodside Priory School, CA (2010-2019); and at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory SF, CA (2021- ).

TEACHING ASSISTANT(S)  /  VOLUNTEER(S)
Julie McCormick, TA  (9/15- )   ponyocharm@gmail.com   *photo*

OFFICE AND/OR TEACHING ASSISTANT(S)
Yuka Higashino, TA (2/20- )   yukahigashino@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: Ohisama First Step (2018). And the instructional materials prepared by the instructor.  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}.  The instructional materials prepared by the teacher.  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: Kodomo no Nihongo 1. Upon completion of this course, the pupil will be able to achieve the following learning outcomes: (L1) greet and introduce oneself, (L2) use demonstratives (KORE, SORE, ARE) and negate nouns, (L3) use KOKO, SOKO, and ASOKO to ask where questions, (L4) express preferences and describe things using adjectives, (L5) understand and use dates, months, and days of the week with simple verbs, (L6) describe actions with time, (L7) conjugate verbs in negative forms, (L8) negate adjectives and use NAGARA and MASHOO forms, (L9) use existence verbs (ARIMASU, IMASU), (L10) order items with counters, and (L11) conjugate verbs into dictionary and short negative forms.

ADVANCED  {12  through 14 years old}.  TEXTBOOK: Japanese for young people.  And the instructional materials prepared by the teacher, 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 family members, express cautions such as ABUNAI/DIAJOBU, ask about welfare and assure safety (L.5), ask and give prices of goods, request things, indicate decisions (L.6), ask about the 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), and speak to SEMPAI (L.14). (b) Learn more about Japan (society, culture, history, etc.), learn approximately 80 Kanji, sentence patterns, and verb conjugations.     

住坐 臥


EDUCATIONAL, CULTURAL & SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

OBON (お盆).  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. OBON 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, January.

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, April.

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 conveying Japanese traditions. We insist on a high standard of conduct from our students. If a student does not behave properly, the parents will be notified. If the problem continues, the student may 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。


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RULES FOR PUPILS AT SOKO GAKUEN / THINGS TO REMEMBER

CLASS HOURS
9:00-10:00, (GYM 10:00-10:15, SNACKS 10:15-10:30),  and 11:30-12:00.

BRING PAPER, PENCILS, A PEN AND YOUR NOTEBOOK AND 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. The teacher may exclude any pupil whose absences in a course exceed 20% (4 absences per semester) of the scheduled classes from the final exams and record a U grade for them. 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, and eating during class time (i.e., 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon) are not allowed. However, you may have soft drinks or snacks in room 106 during 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, and skateboarding are also not allowed. In addition, no food, chewing gum, electronic devices (smartphones, iPods, iPads, AirPods, etc. Soko Gakuen is a smartPhone Free School.), texting, Anime/manga, or video games are allowed in the classroom.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L58niidJM0&t=562s

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 written legibly 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. Clean and tidy up the classroom furniture and materials after using them.

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






CALENDAR 2023-2024
CHILDREN'S CLASSES


Jun   1  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Graduation, Promotion
 



CALENDAR 2024-2025
CHILDREN'S CLASSES

Aug 17, 2024  . . . . . . . . 2024-2025 School year registration 9 a.m.
Sep   7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2024-2025 school year begins 9 a.m.
Oct  12  . . . . . . . . . . . . . OPEN HOUSE / class observation
Nov 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thanksgiving holiday (NO CLASSES)
Dec 14 . . . . .  . . . . . . . .  Winter break holidays (NO CLASSES)
Jan  11, 2024 . . . . . . . . .  CLASSES RESUME 9 a.m.
  "    18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1st semester FINAL EXAMS
  "    25 . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . End of 1st semester / REPORT CARD DUE for handing out to pupils
Feb   1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Beginning of 2nd Semester
Mar  29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SPRING BREAK (NO CLASSES) 
Apr    6 (Sun) . . . . . . . . . Hanamatsuri
May   3  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Parent-Teacher conferences

  "     31  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2nd semester FINAL EXAMS
Jun    7  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduation, Promotion





How satisfied are you with Soko Gakuen?  Mission Statement     少欲知足
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登録方法
2024年 8月17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 900ドル(電気・ガス・水道代  100ドル込み)。
450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


期間:
2024年 9月 7日 〜 202年 6月 日 
毎週土曜日 午前 9時 〜12時                             

1学期
2024年 9月 7日 〜 2025年 1月31日

2学期
2025年 2月 1日 〜 2025年 6月 7日                         

学級
幼稚部、初級 、中級、上級       

年齢
5才 〜 14才  



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