-Our Unique Curriculum-
More Speaking Practice
One of our most common observations is that we have students who have studied languages previously, yet have been frustrated by their inability to speak confidently or comfortably, often despite years of dedicated study.
Students requested more opportunities for speaking in their target language during class time.
To provide more speaking and active output during class, we’ve shifted a lot learning to pre-class preparation.
As Blue House Okinawa uses “Blended Learning” method, it is a learning experience best suited for motivated students who come to class ready to put their studies into practice, and it fosters student interaction and prioritizes enjoyment over grades.
It is a type of method that reverses the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content outside of the classroom (often online -- lectures, discussions forums, etc.) and moves activities, including those that have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom.
This flips the classroom to being active and output-based.
What is Blended Learning?
At Your Own Pace
Curriculum at Blue House Okinawa gives our students what we believe is most useful – practice, practice, practice!
This approach is also helpful for those who cannot attend every class, as there is more flexibility through online support, pre-made electronic flashcards, and youtube lessons.
Just as there are opportunities during K-12 education to skip grades if a student is excelling, Blue House Okinawa encourages students to move at a pace where they are challenged and engaged. Students can “skip grades” or move to more advanced classes at their own pace, when appropriate.
Many students want to join a particular class that may be part-way through a semester -- that is fine! Time is precious, and there is no need to wait until the class restarts.
Join when you can, study for that week’s lesson, and review past lessons on your own.
Our curriculum is set-up so you can learn all of the material on your own and use the school for practice, clarification, and reinforcement.
As one student put it:
“As a beginner, I was intimidated to jump in when my class was on the third chapter of our textbook -- that was the equivalent of ¼ of the class already completed.
No one wants to start off feeling extra dumb; however, while I was at a disadvantage in terms of vocabulary at first, I made up that ground quickly using Quizlet and learning from the other students. Also, each chapter was based on a certain topic that was not necessarily dependent on previous chapters to understand.
In the beginning, the course is very linear.
Not only did I catch up, I was able to then study ahead and finish the coursework even before the semester ended.
The challenge of feeling like an ‘underdog’ kept me engaged and excited! ”
We encourage you to get started right away and embrace the challenges that come with action!
Life at Blue House Okinawa
Blue House Okinawa is a close-knit, unique community for learners of English and Japanese to support each other, share culture, and meet their language goals.
We welcome you not as just a student but as a community member.
If you have an idea, a skill, or a way to help a fellow student, a class, or the school, share it!
Are you ready to start this exciting journey? Come and join our Beginners 1 to learn Japanese from zero!
You already know Hiragana and basic Japanese? Then join our Beginners Japanese 2!
Or if you're ready to learn kanjis, then join our Pre-Intermediate Japanese!
Don't need to learn how to read or write Japanese? Join our conversational Japanese!