We have found the addition of a Japanese Language and Culture program to our school to be highly beneficial not only to the students who study Japanese but to the school as a whole. It has enriched the school from a cultural perspective with such events as a Japanese drum performance for the entire school, and school wide assembly to welcome and greet our partner students from Sapporo, Japan. Offering Japanese Language and Culture programs is also a cultural fit for a growing segment of our population that have an interest in Japanese culture, or whose families already speak another language.
Dave Devin, Principal and James Hamilton, Japanese Teacher,
D.S. MacKenzie Junior High School
Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton, Alberta