Our Unique Curriculum

Blue House Okinawa

Our Unique Curriculum

Beyond Learning Language

Blue House Okinawa is: a small, unique community for learners of English and Japanese to support each other, share culture, and meet their language goals.

We pride ourselves in our focus on building the ability to learn and succeed beyond learning language.
Essentially, we nurture independent, lifelong learning.

Our goal is to get comfortable operating in Japanese in everyday, practical interactions.
Much of successful language learning is going beyond your comfort zone and just going for it!

Jump in!

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!

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.

Independent Learning Support

Blue House Okinawa is committed to supporting independent learning and encourage student initiative.

Our vision includes having students take responsibility for their own progress and growth while being actively supported by our resources and learning community.  

For example, our curriculum is set up so that students can preview grammar concepts, vocabulary, and lectures outside of class, so they are never hearing them for the first time in class.

Instead, Blue House Okinawa in-class lectures serve to briefly review, clarify, and to create space for active practice.

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.

Flipped Classroom

As Blue House Okinawa uses “Flipped Classroom” method, it is a learning experience best suited for motivated students who come to class ready to put their studies into practice.

Flipped classrooms method foster student interaction and prioritizes enjoyment over grades.

It is a type of blended learning 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.

Our Unique Community

Blue House Okinawa is: a small, unique community for learners of English and Japanese to support each other, share culture, and meet their language goals.

We pride ourselves in our focus on building the ability to learn and succeed beyond learning language.
Essentially, we nurture independent, lifelong learning.

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Our Classes

Are you ready to start this exciting journey? Come and join our Beginners (1) to learn Japanese from zero!

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You already know Hiragana and basic Japanese? Then join our Beginners Japanese (2)!

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Or if you're ready to learn kanjis, then join our Pre-Intermediate Japanese!

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