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Japanese Learning Opportunities

Schools & Programs for Youth (Preschool - 12th)

  1. Japanese School of Detroit (Novi, MI) - A private Saturday-only school (Pre-12) where all instruction is in Japanese. Primarily for children of Japanese ex-pats, Japanese permanent residents, and "heritage learners" (students with exposure to Japanese through family relationships). Visit: Japanese School of Detroit (English)
  2. Asobo Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI) – Social group founded in 2015 to provide Japanese cultural activities for preschool-age children (~ 5 years old), and exchange information among local Japanese parents. Visit: Asobo
  3. Ladybug Daycare (Novi, MI) - A private preschool where  only Japanese is spoken, for children 2 and half or older. Primarily targets ex-pat Japanese families, but also good for heritage Japanese learners or others seeking a headstart in developing Japanese-English bilingualism in their children. Visit: Ladybug (Note: Website is in Japanese. For assistance for non-Japanese speakers, please contact Hinoki Foundation.)
  4. Koby Learning Center (Novi, MI) - A private company providing evening and weekend Japanese classes for children (pre-12) and adults, for both non-native speakers and heritage-language learners (students with exposure to Japanese through family relationships). Private tutoring is available. Visit: Koby Learning Center
  5. Himawari Preschool (Livonia, MI) - A private preschool where Japanese is the primary language. Most patrons are familiies with at least one native Japanese speaker, but others enroll for the immersive environment, to promote bilingualism in their children from an early age. Visit: Himawari Preschool
  6. Niji-Iro Elementary School (Livonia, MI) - A K-6 partial-immersion public elementary school founded by the Livonia Public School District in 2014. Offers mixed-language (Japanese-English) instruction across all academic subjects. Visit: Niji-Iro Elementary
  7. FLICS (Detroit, MI) - A K-8 partial-immersion public elementary and middle school founded by the Detroit Public Schools in 2009. Offers Japanese as one of four language options, to academically qualified students. (FLICS: Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies) Visit: FLICS
  8. Hinoki International School (Farmington Hills, MI) - A K-5 dual-immersion charter school created with a Federal Charter School Program grant in 2010. Hinoki International offered mixed-language (Japanese-English) instruction across all academic subjects, until closing in 2015. Visit: Hinoki International School (Note: Now closed)
  9. Gardner Academy (Lansing, MI) – Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language for grades 4-8. Visit: Gardner
  10. Michigan Virtual (All Michigan) - Offers online courses at generally no cost for students enrolled in Michigan public schools, for grades 6-12. Visit: Michigan Virtual  
  11. Ann Arbor Bilingual (Ann Arbor, MI) - A private company offering classes and tutoring for Japanese and English learners (ESL & JSL), children from adult. Visit: AA Bilingual
  12. Ohara Language (Ann Arbor, MI) - A private company offering individual or group Japanese-language lessons for adults, teens, and upper-elementary students. Instructor is a former University of Michigan Japanese language program coordinator. Visit: Ohara
  13. Suzuki, Myers & Associates (Novi, MI) - A private company offering ESL (English as Second Language) & JSL (Japanese as Second Language) tutoring and small-group classes. Visit: Suzuki-Myers
  14. Athens High School (Troy, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Athens High School
  15. Cass Technical High School (Detroit, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Cass Tech
  16. Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts (CASA) (Royal Oak, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: CASA
  17. Clarkston High School (Clarkston, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Clarkston High
  18. Detroit Country Day School (Beverly Hills, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Country Day
  19. Dewitt High School (Dewitt, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Dewitt High
  20. Dundee High School (Dundee, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Dundee High
  21. Everett High School (Lansing, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Everett High
  22. Garden City High School (Garden City, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Garden City
  23. Groves High School (Birmingham, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Groves High
  24. Imlay City Community Schools (Imlay, MI) - Offers Japanese culture & language class for 8th grade. Visit: Imlay City
  25. International Baccalaureate High School (Farmington, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: IB High
  26. Lakeview High School (Battle Creek, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Lakeview
  27. Monroe High School/Other Monroe County High Schools (Monroe, MI) – Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit Monroe
  28. North Farmington High School (Farmington, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: North Farmington
  29. Novi High School (Novi, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Novi High
  30. Port Huron High School (Port Huron, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Port Huron
  31. Port Huron Northern High School (Port Huron, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Port Huron Northern
  32. Sexton High School (Lansing, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Sexton
  33. South Lyon East High School (South Lyon, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: South Lyon East
  34. Steppingstone School (Farmington Hills, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Steppingstone 
  35. Troy High School (Troy, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Troy High
  36. Utica Academy for International Studies (Utica, MI) - Offers classes in Japanese as a foreign language. Visit: Utica Academy
  37. School Location Map - A map of Michigan and Ohio schools and colleges with Japanese programs, as of 2011, prepared by Consulate General of Japan in Detroit. Visit: School Map
  38. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test - Information on the official test for assessing Japanese-language skills. Visit: JLPT

Japanese Application Opportunities

Using & Strengthening Language Skills

  1. Japanese Conversation Meetup (Northville Area) - Group of Japanese-language enthusiasts - native speakers and learners - who gather for social interaction and Japanese practice. Visit: Meetup Northville
  2. Japanese Conversation Meetup (Ann Arbor Area) - Group of Japanese-language enthusiasts - native speakers and learners - who gather for social interaction and Japanese practice. Visit: Meetup Ann Arbor 
  3. Japanese Conversation Meetup (Rochester Area) - Group of Japanese-language enthusiasts - native speakers and learners - who gather for social interaction and Japanese practice. Visit: Meetup Rochester 
  4. Japanese Conversation Meetup (Other Areas) - Visit Meetup.com and use the search word "Japanese" to find fans of Japanese language and culture in your area. Visit: Meetup
  5. Michigan Japanese Quiz Bowl - Team-based Japanese language contest held every spring for learners of Japanese as a foreign language, grades 9 ~ 12 (some years there is also a middle-school division). Visit: MJQB
  6. Consulate General of Japan in Detroit Michigan Japanese Language Speech Contest - Annual speech contest for high-school and college learners of Japanese as a foreign language, held around March (details announced in December). Visit: Consulate General of Japan
  7. Hinoki Cup - A bilingual quiz game for 4th- to 8th-graders, held around March. Open to both native and non-native learners of Japanese and English. Participants of all ability levels can contribute to team success. Visit: Hinoki Cup
  8. Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange (MSHSE) - Opportunity for Michigan high-school students to visit their sister-state Shiga, Japan, in a structured program. Visit: MSHSE
  9. Michigan Seal of Biliteracy - The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who exhibit language proficiency in English and at least one additional world language. Application information can be found here.

Colleges/Universities with Japanese Programs

Future Paths to Japanese Education

  1. Adrian College (Adrian, MI) - Visit: Adrian 
  2. Albion College (Albion, MI) - Visit Albion
  3. Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI) - Visit Aquinas
  4. Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) - Visit Calvin
  5. Central Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant, MI) - Visit Central Michigan 
  6. Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) - Visit: EMU. Click here for EMU’s Japanese Course Syllabi.
  7. Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI) - Visit: Grand Valley
  8. Hope College (Holland, MI) - Visit: Hope
  9. Japan Center for Michigan Universities (Hikone, Shiga, Japan) - Visit: JCMU
  10. Kalamazoo College - Visit: Kalamazoo
  11. Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek, MI) - Visit: Kellogg Community
  12. Lansing Community College (Lansing, MI) - Offers both traditional classes and online courses in Japanese. Visit: LCC 
  13. Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) - Visit: MSU
  14. Oakland University (Rochester, MI) - Visit: Oakland
  15. Mott Community College (Flint, MI) - Visit: Mott Community 
  16. Saginaw Valley State University (University Center, MI) - Visit: SVSU
  17. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) - Visit: U of M
  18. Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) - Visit: WMU
  19. Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) - Visit: Wayne State
  20. School Location Map: A map of Michigan and Ohio schools and colleges with Japanese programs, as of 2011. prepared by Consulate General of Japan in Detroit. Visit: School Map
  21. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test - Information on the official test for assessing Japanese-language skills. Visit: JLPT

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