Philosophy of English Program
The focus of our program is to build confident and competent communicators of English. We focus on all four areas of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This is true not only for language arts classes, but for all subjects as well as daily interactions with students inside and outside the classroom. We follow natural language acquisition patterns. This means students begin acquiring language first by listening, then by speaking, and then by reading and writing. However, right from the start of grade one and up through the grades, all four strands of language are integrated the vast majority of the time. As students at Tokyo Korean School learn English in as natural fashion as possible, they go through the various stages that a native speaker would. Students begin communicating not with unnatural dialogues, but rather by one-word utterances that are for communicating meaning. Students quickly progress more rapidly and gain more natural abilities than they would in a traditional ESL or EFL program.