Language

central component of
both individual and
group identity

language is a fundamental tool for expressing ourselves
and communicating
with others while also learning about
and contributing to the world around us.

Kansai International Academy (KIA) believes that language is a fundamental tool for expressing ourselves and communicating with others while also learning about and contributing to the world around us. Language is deeply connected to culture and community, and is thus central component of both individual and group identity.

KIA upholds the inherent value of Japanese as the home and family language(s) of our students, and believes a solid understanding in one’s own language is crucial for developing a strong personal and social identity, in addition to helping to develop proficiency in additional languages. KIA also believes that understanding and celebrating one’s own culture and identity through the home language is important for accepting and understanding, with an open heart and mind, other cultures and worldviews. We hope that this ultimately contributes to a better world.

KIA recognizes the intrinsic worth of all the world’s languages, and sees English in this era as an exponentially valuable medium by which to most widely gain access to and share knowledge, values, and ideas through interacting with other peoples. The language also contributes, in no small part, to a wider global awareness of the similar aspirations and challenges of all humanity, by acting as a conduit through which understanding and cooperation might be fostered.

In our Secondary school programme, about half of the subjects are taught in English and the other half is taught in Japanese. French is taught as the third language and is a compulsory subject. We provide support and instruction in intensive language classes when necessary. All KIA teachers are language teachers who promote language development.

Please see our language policy (the link to be added in the future) for further details.