Linden Hall School has adopted English immersion which means almost all classes are taught in English except Japanese and Moral Education. Immersion means “to be surrounded by” and language study is conducted while students are immersed in English. During the elementary school years, because students gain the ability to understand spoken English, they learn English naturally through communication in school while simultaneously learning each subject.
By interacting with native English-speaking teachers on a day-to-day basis, students gain crucial listening skills as well as speaking skills. Students also participate in “Show and Tell” where they make a presentation about a given topic or theme. In order to develop “ability in reading” and “ability in writing”, students’ reading and writing skills are built through exposure to English books. Students will read these books both silently and aloud, as well as take part in writing activities about the books they have read. The four key language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are incorporated within the curriculum in a way that ensures balanced development.
All classes taught in English adopt “team-teaching” consisting of a foreign teacher and a Japanese teacher. This means teachers are able to support children who are not yet familiar with English, provide supplementary lessons in Japanese for the content they have learned in English, and further deepen their understanding.
Linden Hall School is an Ichijou-Kou that administers an educational programme that is in accordance with the MEXT’s curriculum. Because we provide an English immersion programme and environmental studies course, we are designated a Specially Exempt School. In addition, as we use English-translated textbooks approved by the MEXT, there should be no curricular issues in the unlikely event that a student seeks a transfer to a public or private, junior or senior high school.
*1 Ichijou-Kou refers to educational institutions stipulated in Article 1 of the School Education Law in Japan, and includes kindergartens, elementary schools, junior high schools, compulsory education schools, high schools, secondary schools, schools for students with special needs, universities, and technical colleges.
*2 MEXT refers to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology