CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IN JAPAN
Christian
Academy
in Japan
EAL Department at CAJ
Kathryn Lewis, Department Chair

CAJ’s EAL department facilitates support for students’ learning across the curriculum and through the grades as they acquire English. 

All CAJ teachers, while revealing God’s truth in what they teach, consider the best ways to make their subject content accessible to all learners, including those still learning English. Additionally, with co-teaching arrangements in selected Elementary and Middle School classes, and separate EAL support classes from Elementary through High School, EAL students are able to develop their English skills in all their subjects while they are learning the subject content.
The ability to communicate in multiple languages is their unique way to serve their world with creativity, care and compassion.
Collaboration with subject teachers, co-teachers and EAL teachers is key to supporting these English language learners to succeed. 

In the early stages, learning in English may seem an insurmountable feat to some EAL students. They are being asked to develop knowledge and skills in all the subject areas at their grade level in a language which is not their first, and may indeed be one of many they aspire to master. Their situation allows them to develop diligence, perseverance and determination to achieve their goals, and to recognize the value of encouraging others in their challenging pursuits. As they progress, and begin to fulfill their potential as children of God, students tend to achieve much more than they ever imagined they could when they first began their journey learning in English. They may come to realize that the ability to communicate in multiple languages is their unique way to serve their world with creativity, care and compassion.

In a world yearning to connect, EAL students’ educational experiences prepare them well as they consider God’s plan for their lives. The knowledge and communication skills they gain open up possibilities to nurture cross-cultural relationships across diverse fields in a global community. With a heart to foster understanding among people from different backgrounds, they are poised to serve Japan and the world for Christ.
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