Key Elements of Soka Education
“Language skills can help to bring the world together. Language is a tool which enables us to expand our chances of learning about the lives and differences in values of people throughout the world as well as promoting heart-to-heart exchanges.” (From Mr. Ikeda’s Education Proposal “Building a Society Serving the Essential Needs of Education-Some Views on Education in the Twenty-first Century” September 29, 2000)
Senior High School
With the belief that language serves as a passport to becoming a world citizen, the school fosters students’ international awareness through daily interaction with native English-speaking teachers, while also focusing on training their basic language abilities. The students challenge themselves to attain the goal of reading a million words of English before graduation by immersing themselves in English books, and also by taking the TOEFL-ITP English language proficiency test. In their senior year, students take a subject called “International Understanding,” in which they study the basics of a foreign language other than English and learn about different lifestyles and cultures. Exchange students who study at Soka University of Japan visit the high school, providing students with the opportunity to converse in English with them. This allows both the high school and university students to deepen a mutual understanding of each other’s cultures, history and daily customs.
Junior High School
Polishing character and language skills are considered to be very important factors for becoming global citizens. To strengthen their English ability, students encourage each other in the CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) classes, where the teachers provide detailed, collaborative instruction based on team teaching. While gaining basic strengths in reading, writing and listening, the students are encouraged to read English novels, and children’s stories and books are made available in classrooms for students to read.
Significant emphasis is placed on providing language education from elementary school to foster a rich international awareness. Students enjoy learning English, as the native English-speaking instructors and teachers in charge cooperate to ensure that the students learn vocabulary and sentences naturally through games, songs and communication. The students not only learn English, but also study with great interest the differences between cultures, customs and ways of thinking of various countries in comparison with those of Japan.