Ⅰ Language Policy (言語方針)


1 Purpose and Aims 目的と目標

This document aims to outline Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary School’s (TGUISS) language philosophy.  It defines our linguistics and academic goals and states a wide range of opportunities designed to achieve the goals.
At TGUISS, we provide an environment that allows students to improve their ability to think and express themselves with precision, clarity, confidence and imagination in two languages, Japanese and English.  We believe that multilingual development enriches personal growth and provides cognitive advantages while being essential to the development of international mindedness.
All staff and administrators at TGUISS recognize that they are language teachers who have the responsibility to facilitate language acquisition and promote cross-cultural communication skills throughout all teaching and learning activities.
Since TGUISS is a Japanese national institution, it ought to follow the Japanese Fundamentals of Education Act.  Therefore, the primary language of instruction at TGUISS is Japanese.  In keeping with our commitment to intercultural awareness and communication, however, we have taken steps to support mother-tongue development and ensure intercultural exposure and awareness.
We have sought to develop our language policy in keeping with the IBO’s Guidelines for developing a school language policy and Learning in a language other than mother tongue in IB Programmes. This policy represents our best efforts to date; however, we welcome further suggestions on how to incorporate a more functional and fair language policy.

2 Language Profile 生徒の状況

At present, most of our students are native Japanese speakers. We have several students who qualify as bilingual, though some have succumbed to semi-lingual tendencies.  It is Japanese as a Second Language (JSL) Committee that assumes a leading role in overviewing students’ language dynamics.  A broad survey is conducted when new students are enrolling to TGUISS in order to understand the linguistic needs of students.

3 Language Support in Diploma Programme DPにおける言語支援

All students will enter TGUISS DP class through a set of screening procedures that will ensure that students are proficient enough to pursue rigorous Diploma Programme in a dual language setting at TGUISS.  MYP students entering DP course will be screened based on MYP grades excluding MYP language B English grades and interviews in Japanese.  Transfer students who will directly enter DP at TGUISS from schools abroad will be screened based on 1) document screening including transcript reviews, 2) interview, 3) essays written in English and Japanese.  We hope to enroll students who are equipped with balanced language proficiency in both Japanese and English.
All Students are required to study a language A in the Diploma Programme course to maintain their mother tongue.  The TGUISS DP course offers English Language and Literature HL and Japanese Literature HL in Group 1.  Students can choose to study two G1 subjects or choose to study English in English B course in Group 2. The choice will be made by students after careful discussion involving the students themselves, parents, and teachers.
DPでは母語保持・発達のため、すべての生徒が「言語A」の科目を学習します。本校では、English A Language and literature HLと日本語A「文学」HLを実施します。生徒は、その2科目をどちらも履修するか、もしくは日本語A「文学」HLとEnglish B Language acquisition HLの2科目をどちらも履修するか選択することができます。この選択は生徒を主体に、教員のオリエンテーションや保護者への説明を経て行います。

4 Media Center メディアセンター

Our Media center is also committed to fostering international education through its selection of resources. Besides our fully equipped Japanese-language division, we are constantly working to enhance access to foreign-language materials, both fiction and non-fiction. We already have a diverse selection of fiction books in English, French, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. With the increased availability of electronic media and access to the internet and printing services available in the Media center, students have access to a full range of media in a variety of languages.

5 Review Process

The language policy is introduced to the TGUISS community and will be brought to the attention of students at the beginning of the school year while new teachers will become familiarized with this document during orientation.

Corson, David. Language Policy in Schools: A Resource for Teachers and Administrators (1999) ISBN: 0-8058-3296-3
Mair, Christian, ed. The Politics of English as a World Language: New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies (2003) ISBN: 90-420-0866-0
Guidelines for developing a school language policy (2008)
Learning in a language other than mother tongue in IB programmes (2008)