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Japan With Kids - Forums: Education in Japan: English as a Second Language Schools
Here is a place for English language schools to be listed. These schools generally do not apply to native English speakers as students but as teachers. There is the special situation mentioned for English speaking children who are advanced in their English studies but can not find a course to suit their ability level.
By Roger Berman on Tuesday, March 28, 2000 - 11:27 pm:

I'm looking for an English-language school that teaches English as a Second Language to children of multicultural backgrounds. We have a 7 year old daughter (Japanese mother/English father) who is in the Japanese education system. Japanese has become her "first" language with English a distant second. Her English listening is extremely good but she lacks confidence or the impetus to speak in English. Therefore I'm trying to find a school or group which offers English language education in this area. The English programs aimed at ordinary Japanese kids are not really suitable (far too easy). The most appropriate form of classes I've found so far are the specialist classes for "kikokushijo" or Japanese returnees from abroad. These classes help them keep up the English they learnt abroad.

Advice anyone could share would be appreciated. Please email me at

By Cornelia on Wednesday, March 29, 2000 - 11:00 am:

I'd like to know more about these "kikokushijo" schools that you mention. Do you have any specific schools, addresses, phone numbers that you can give me?

So far I am relying on English-only videos and lots of English speaking playmates to maintain my daughter's English speaking ability.

By Roger Berman on Thursday, March 30, 2000 - 9:58 pm:

Dear Cornelia

Try English Studio which is in Meguro. It is run by the same people who founded Tokyo International School and International School Support Services which is also near ES. ES runs weekend programs for the kikokushijou/returnees in 4 hour blocks twice a month. You should be able to get contact details via your very comprehensive International Schools list. I found the list very interesting to browse through and especially to continue to marvel at the high cost of an English-language school education in Japan!

Another very good program are the summer and winter schools which take place at St. Mary's during holidays. The programs are run by a company called Eiken (you should be able to get contact details from St. Mary's as many of St Mary's teachers participate in the programs). My daughter attended the last winter school and there were over 350 attendees split by age and ability. Over half the attendees are returnees and classes are conducted entirely in English. We paid Y50,000 for one week of classes. I think it was good value because the classes ran from 9.30 to mid-afternoon. A hot lunch is included in the price and the kids can use St. Mary's heated indoor pool after school.

I know of similar programs for returnees taking place at ASIJ (summer school) and of a regular weekly returnees class at Nishimachi. Generally, the returnee programs seem to be run by private companies utilizing international school facilities. If you enquire with the international schools directly I'm sure they'd be able to give you more specific information.

Perhaps in the future, a sub-list for all these returnee programs could be put on the website. I for one would find the resource useful.

Roger Berman

By andy sumimoto on Wednesday, June 7, 2000 - 3:41 pm:

We are also looking for an English-as-a-second-language school held on weekends or in late afternoon on weekdays, in or around Kunitachi-shi. Any information would be appreciated.

Y and A

By paola on Thursday, February 8, 2001 - 9:19 am:

We just moved to Tokyo, in the Hiroo area. Our daughter, who will be six next month, can speak only Italian. We would like her to learn English and/or Japanese as a second language together with children of her age. The ideal situation would be a few hours during the week in a multicultural environment. Any information and sharing of experience will be helpful and much appreciated.

By Shelley Henry on Friday, February 23, 2001 - 7:47 am:

If you are interested in an ecotourism based English Language homestay in Canada for girls aged 15-19. Check out our website at

By A.K. on Friday, February 23, 2001 - 10:38 am:

Dear Paola,
In the age group represented by your child, language acquisition is so easy, any of the international schools that have a good percentage of Japanese students will get her started on both English and Japanese at the same time!

The cut off date for Japanese schools is April 1. So she would be a very young first grader starting the new school year in April. Many of the international schools use a September to August schedule and the age cut-off date is about September 1. So if you got your daughter into a program "mid-year" she could still attend an international kindergarten right now.

That way she might have quite a bit of English ability by the time September comes and you decide what sort of international school you would like her to go to. (Some of them also have flexibility in the younger grades for teaching children not fluent in English.) Other options of course are to go straight into the Japanese system in April though she would not get any English there at all. In Minato-ku, they seem to have a support system in place for Japanese as a Second Language students. And of course there is always the home-schooling option.
Good luck.

By Admin on Monday, March 4, 2002 - 7:44 am:

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Tokyo With Kids - Forums: Education in Japan: English as
second language after school hours

By Tarek Merabtene on Thursday, June 14, 2001 - 02:41 pm:

Dear All,
I am moving to Tokyo by July first and looking forward to have my kids (both boys are 9 and 7 years old) admitted to International school (IS) in Tokyo or Yokohama area. However, for them to be eligible to apply to international school they must have studied all school programs in English.

Does any one know an after school service for every day English study. I wish my kids can brush up their English and be able to join an IS from next September 2002. My kids are currently going to Japanese national school and does not speak or understand much English, which has been a handicap for them to be accepted at any IS.

Any information on these regards would be thankful and warmly appreciated!

Best regards, Tarek

By Jack Bayles on Saturday, August 31, 2002 - 9:59 pm:

Our children (grades 2 and 4) have attended Japanese pre school and elementary school their whole lives. Neither my wife nor I are Japanese, we speak English only 90% of the time in our home. Our children have twice attended Australia public schools for their full summer vacations. They just returned today, ready to start Japanese school again on Monday. They speak English almost to their grade level. Their English reading ability is very very poor for the 4th grader and a bit less so for the 2nd grader.

Have read to them in English continually. This obviously is not how they learn to read English though.

Does anyone know of a Tokyo area based ESL teacher good for a child of our type skills? Their skills ( high verbal, low reading) are the exact opposite of most children in Japan (good reading and very low verbal skills)

Thanks. John Bayles (

By Admin on Saturday, April 19, 2003 - 3:35 pm:

The following venue is looking for a few bi-lingual kids as well to help along the atmosphere. Does your kid enjoy play-acting? This might be a great experience!

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Course: English Skit Immersion for elementary school students
Date/Time: April 21 (THIS MONDAY!) 5:00-7:00pm
Place: Waseda Gaigo Senmon Gakko (1 minute walk from Takadanobaba station)
Contact: 090-7061-9708

This is an experimental English class, and we'd like to invite to the first lesson some elementary school students who have learned some English and are interested in improving their English skills. An Australian teacher will teach all in English. Please contact Matsui Michio (090-7061-9708).

By Anna States on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - 6:36 am:

To continue practicing English as a second
language, would you like your children to
have a picture book they can read along in
both Japanese AND English? I just
illustrated a picture book with my friend in
Tokyo - we published it in english AND
japanese (side by side).

You can read more about it at

By Charles M. Knudsen on Thursday, January 6, 2005 - 5:10 pm:

Kikokushijo Academy is a school deigned specifically for returnees and children of English speaking parents (BC Kids). We're an after school international school, so your children can attend a Japanese school during the day, and come to our school in the afternoons and evenings, as well as Saturdays. Our prices are already reasonable, but for families with a very tight budget, we offer need-based financial aid.

I've been teaching returnees at Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen for years. In fact I've even written a book about returnees--to be published by Nan Un Do early next year. My wife and I have two boys so we're going through what many of you are going through. My fellow teachers and have worked very hard to get this school up and running, and we really are trying to make something lasting and special for these children.
Please visit our website at

By Lorraine Zinnack on Saturday, June 25, 2005 - 11:58 pm:

If you know of parents interested in having their child or children study English on a Farmstay in Australia, please suggest they look at my website Lessons are activity based - the students can learn to make crafts from natural materials, go on hikes in the bush, learn about the natural environment, see our native animals in the wild (kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, seals and more), do simple cooking, help on the farm and visit the beauty spots around Kangaroo Island all while improving their English language skills. As we live in the countryside, children have the opportunity to experience a very different lifestyle to town and city living. Suitable for children 6 to teenage. Please email me at for more information.

By yvette takizawa on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 12:13 am:

Hi!i wonder if there's an after-school pre-k level school for BC kids...anyone who knows,please contact me...thank you...

By Yvette Takizawa on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 9:38 pm:

Im looking for an English pre-school or an english after school near taito-ku,tokyo-to.If you happen to know one please tell me.thank you so much.

By Mandy Sandy on Sunday, May 7, 2006 - 10:18 pm:

I have a 6 year old son and I am looking for activities in english such as camping, boy scout, art class, playgroup, story telling or anything else so that he can keep up with his english. He especially loves outdoor activities. Also, any good summer school (July-August) around Tokyo?

By Qoolilg on Friday, August 23, 2013 - 1:02 pm:

this is pretty cool. T.N.G Academy from Canada. They teach dance in English and maybe your kids might like it:-)

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