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Program Support

Fostering Japanese-English Bilingualism

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Hinoki Foundation PILOT

The Hinoki Foundation Practicum in International Leadership in Online Teaching (PILOT) is a free online teacher-education program for language teachers, providing international & hands-on opportunity to develop teaching skills under the tutelage of professional instructors and educators. (Program timing varies). 

Click here for details.

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Support of Cultural Events & Festivals

Language and culture are closely related, making cultural events an important part of acquiring a second language. For this reason, Hinoki Foundation supports Japanese-language programs by sponsoring exhibits, demonstrations, and other special activities that introduce students to Japanese and American culture. To host an event, contact us here

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Hinoki Intern Program

Hinoki Foundation identifies and places talented volunteer "interns" to support school programs, cultural events, and Japnese-English bilingual education. These interns offer their time and skills to help young language learners as mentors, conversation partners, and rich sources of cultural knowlege.

Click here for a description of Hinoki Interns

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Hinoki Juku - Summer STEM Sessions

This summer, Hinoki Foundation is offering 2 bilingual STEM-exploration activities for JSL (Japanese as Second Language) and heritage Japanese learners, in grades 1 ~ 8. Students will engage in mini-design projects while learning engineering terms in English and Japanese. Click here for more information. Terms & conditions can be found here in English, and here in Japanese.

Registration:
Now closed. Please watch for future sessions.

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Hinoki Juku - Tutoring for English Learners

As part of Hinoki Online Talk, Hinoki Foundation sponsors afterschool and weekend tutoring & conversation-practice sessions for JSL (Japanese as Second Language) and heritage Japanese learners, including help with language-related homework. Dates & times vary. Click here or here (all Japanese) for more information. Terms & conditions can be found here in English, and here in Japanese.

Registration:
Now closed. Please watch for future sessions.

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Hinoki Juku - Tutoring for Japanese Learners

As part of Hinoki Online Talk, Hinoki Foundation sponsors afterschool and weekend tutoring & conversation-practice sessions for ESL (English as Second Language) learners, including help with language-related homework. Dates & times vary. Click here for more information. Terms & conditions can be found here in English, and here in Japanese.


Registration:
Now closed. Please watch for future sessions. 

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Kids & College Students Program

Hinoki Foundation brings student teachers from Japanese universities for mini-homestays with local families with children studying Japanese. This unique short-term program allows young students to apply their bilingual skills, thereby motivating them to continue on their path to Japanese-English bilingualism.

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SoroBanzai!

SoroBanzai! Introduces elementary students to the basics of calculating with an abacus (called “soroban” in Japanese). This afterschool enrichment activity promotes concentration, imagination, motor skills, and of course mathematics. Instruction is in both English and Japanese. 

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Fun With Japanese

The Fun With Japanese afterschool program encourages young bilingual learners of all ability levels to apply their skills in exciting ways. Activities include collaborative story telling, quiz contests, word searches, and board games. Successful real-life application of language skills encourages continued study. 

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Japanese Writing Contest

For requesting schools, Hinoki Foundation will sponsor writing contests to promote the application of Japanese skills, for both heritage and non-heritage learners of Japanese. Targeting upper-elementary and middle-school students, this is a fun opportunity to build confidence in one's bilingual skills.
Click here for examples of past contests.

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Special Motivational Activities

Nothing is more multicultural than the International Space Station! Hinoki Foundation sponsored an opportunity for elementary students studying bilingualism to have a live dialogue with a real NASA astronaut.

This was an exciting example of how students might apply their language skills in the future. 

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Hinoki Foundation in Japan!

Since 2015, Hinoki Foundation has supported an annual English-learning event in Kyushu, Japan! Creating cross-cultural connections and friendships builds the foundation for future interntional student exchanges, and the inspiration for lifetime bilingual learning. 


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Hinoki Online Talk - International Exchange

For at-home learning for grades 4~9, Hinoki Foundation hosts "face to face" online chats between native Japanese and English speakers. Casual and fun, these sessions are designed for real-life application of verbal bilingual skills. Click here for more information. Terms & conditions can be found here in English, and here in Japanese. Rules & procedures can be found here.

Registration:
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Japanese Writing Contest - Additional Information & Forms

Click here for introduction and rule packet (including all forms & deadlines).
Click here for required student application form (all grades/levels). 

Click here for 5th/6th-grade entry form for writing submission. 
Click here for completed sample (5th/6th-grade). 

Click here for 7th/8th-grade entry form for writing submission.
Click here for completed sample (7th/8th-grade). 

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