Curriculum

  1. SIJ Seven-Day English Seminar
    • reading & writing courses
    • workshop courses
  2. SIJ One-Day Session
  3. Outreach Programs
    • Kunisaki City
    • Oita City
  4. SIJ Classical Concert
  5. Cultural Exchange Daily Presentations
  6. Touch and Feel Japan

1. SIJ Seven-Day English Seminar

Reading & Writing Courses

The Reading & Writing classes are fully divided into small groups according to the participants’ level of English proficiency and age. They learn the basics of how to read and write essays, stories, science reports, etc…  U.S. top university instructors, skilled in teaching and writing, explain the basics of essay structure and paragraph writing. During seven days of SIJ, participants muster skills of how to best describe yourself in writing.

Workshop Courses

SIJ offers four workshop courses that participants can choose one from.

Ⅰ. Academic Writing

The Academic Writing workshop teaches students advanced techniques to improve writing in a variety of forms especially American style college application essays. Students will also work in groups to prepare for a debate that will be held at the final presentation.

Ⅱ. Public Speaking

The Presentation Skill Workshop focuses on the mechanisms of an effective presentation. Boosting each student’s confidence in their public speaking skills is one of the most important aspects. That can be achieved through various interactive exercises, not just pure presentation skills. We aim to empower students to constructively evaluate their own speeches and that of their peers, formulate original and well-articulated ideas, and engage with the audience to deliver a powerful and memorable speech.

lll. Performing Arts

The Performing Arts workshop at SIJ aims to use drama as a means of fostering students’ skills of creativity, spontaneity, and collaboration, all of which are extremely difficult to achieve simultaneously in conventional educational institutions. Students participate in a series of games and exercises that work to enhance their confidence in front of an audience, their understanding of the elements of story, their ability to improvise and to perform convincingly as a fictional character. By the end of the workshop, the students will work together to write and direct an original short play, which they will perform during the final presentation.

lV. Computer Science

The Computer Science workshop focuses on teaching students the basic fundamentals of programming and problem solving. Students will experience the Snap! language, a powerful blocks- and browser-based programming language that can be used to create animations, games, and tools. They will have a basic foundation to learn more advanced computer science topics in seven days.

2. SIJ One-Day Session

Students are encouraged to fully express their own ideas, make a convincing speech in public using gestures and humor confidently. Team USA instructors pull the students out of their comfort zone within a limited period of time.

3. Outreach Programs

Kunisaki City

Junior high school students from Kunisaki City learn from top US University students the basics of essay structure and paragraph writing and build friendly relationships through original group activities. This program has been successfully implemented since 2015.

Oita City

Harvard College and Stanford University students help junior high school students from Oita City improve their English speaking and writing skills but also give advice about how to learn foreign languages effectively.

4. SIJ Classical Concert

SInce 2013, this concert has been one of the main events during a half month of SIJ period. It has a wide variety of music, dance and theater works from all over the world. Team USA (Harvard, Stanford, and even the Juilliard School students) perform on stage Sumire Hirotsuru, co-founder of SIJ and violinist, has been the music director.

5 Cultural Exchange Daily Presentations

Cultural Exchange Daily Presentations

Every member of Team USA meaningfully offers diverse perspectives regarding their interests, travel, research, hometown, campus life and more. Participating young students ask many questions and enjoy each presentation during the class.

6 Touch and Feel Japan

Touch and Feel Japan Touch and Feel Japan

Team USA have the chance to experience the buddhist lifestyle deeply rooted in Oita Prefecture, explore beauty of nature from mountains to the beaches, and taste delicious local dishes to the fullest. Also they attend various attractions include fireworks show, hot spring resort, monkey sanctuary, Japanese traditional festival, dances and a lot more. In addition, they attend Japanese flower arrangements, calligraphy and Japanese language classes.