Niji in Japanese means rainbow. In Japan a rainbow can be seen to represent a bridge between two cultures or languages.
The aims of ‘Niji Japanese’ are;
- to help broaden the child’s mind by letting them experience another culture and language and learn basic phrases and vocabulary through the use of action songs, games, crafts, flashcards, puppets, toys, books,drama and iPad apps. From age 4, the students will also be taught to read hiragana.
- to share the passion of language learning through teaching enjoyable Japanese classes for children in a safe learning environment.
- to help students begin to develop an awareness of how languages and culture differ
- to help students begin to appreciate the link between languages and culture
Benefits of Early Foreign Language Learning
- When children learn multiple languages at a young age, they develop a life-long love of communicating with others.
- By incorporating foreign languages into your curriculum, children develop a greater appreciation for diversity.
- When young children learn about the structure of other languages, their ability in English is enhanced.
- Because the brain automatically compartmentalizes each language correctly, young children have the ability to learn many languages without getting them confused.
- When children learn a second language at an early age, they will achieve a more native grasp of both grammar and pronunciation in the second language. Myelita Melton CEO of SpeakEasy Communications, Inc
You live a new life for every language you speak.
You live a new life for every new
language you speak.
If you know only one language, you
live only once.
The limits of my language are
the limits of my universe.
Those who know no foreign language
know nothing of their mother tongue.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)