Snowden International School

Snowden International School

​150 Newbury Street  Boston Massachusetts 02116

Japanese students from Gunma

visit Snowden's 11th-grade class on March 2018 (above)

Japanese students from Gunma prefecture visit Snowden's 10th-grade class in 2017 (below)



The first year of Japanese aims to create a strong foundation of the Japanese language through the development of the four language skills - speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  With a variety of activity-based lessons, students will learn to communicate effectively and with confidence in real-life situations.  

Through the study of the language, students will deepen their understanding of Japanese culture and be able to explain cultural differences.  They will reflect on and rediscover their own language and culture with the goals of becoming globally aware, responsible world citizens.

-Any 3-ring binder OR notebook (this will serve as a collection of notes)
-A pocket folder that will serve as a take-home “homework practice” folder
-Pencils with eraser
-Daily internet access
-Your positive attitude and smile 



IB Japanese Ab Initio is a 2 year accelerated course for 11th and 12th grade students.  For IB full diploma candidates this course is considered a standard level (SL) course having a minimum of 150 hours of contact time.  Students will take the IB Japanese Ab Initio examination at the end of their second year of study.


The Ab Initio course is a continuation of the skills introduced in the first two years. Throughout the course, students will learn to communicate using more complex language structures and sharpen their receptive, productive, and interactive skills in the Japanese language.  These skills are defined as follows:

Receptive: the ability to comprehend written and spoken language
Productive: the ability to write and speak the target language effectively
Interactive: the ability to understand and respond effectively to written and spoken language

Students develop these skills through a range of individual and group tasks using different types of texts in the language.  Ultimately students will gain more confidence and knowledge to apply the language in and out of class. 


In this course, students are taught to understand Japanese customs and culture as well as the language. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture by examining it more closely and make connections and comparisons with their own culture.  Various texts and audio-visual presentations will be used as a means of exploring different aspects of the culture and how the society functions with a focus on the following themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet.  Consequently, students learn how to respect cultures and customs different from their own.


Japanese Classes

Ms. Wilson Daboussi

Room G12 at the “Y” Building