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English Environment

Welcome to IYK English Department!

At IYK the children are surrounded with English every day. We have more than a few teachers and students from a variety of countries. The children learn English every day as they grow and play.

IYKにはたくさんの外国籍教員が常勤していて、お子さま達の周りにはいつも英語があり、色々な国の先生やお友達がいます。 そして様々な英語活動が毎日行われています。

After a long period of studying teaching methodology, the Principal created the Total Immersion and Partial Immersion (standard) programs for each year level. Based on the idea that in the 21st century language ability is of paramount importance to all people, the Immersion program was developed to help create bilingual children. At International Yamanote Kindergarten there are 8 full-time native English speaking teachers. In an immersive English environment the children listen to, read, write and speak in English. In this environment, they develop very good pronunciation and communication skills.

インターナショナル山の手幼稚園では、21世紀を行き抜く日本人に身に付けなければいけない能力の一つは外国語(英語)の語学力であるという考えに基づき、イマージョンプログラムによるバイリンガル教育を行っています。幼稚園には外国籍教員が7名常勤しており、発見活動、クラス活動など様々な場面で外国籍教員とかかわり、英語を読む・聞く・話す・書く力、ネイティブに近い発音、そしてコミュニケーションスキルを身に付けていきます。 園長が長い間教授法研究と実践を重ねたイマージョンプログラムには、各学年Total Immersionを行うImmersion Classと、Partial Immersionを行うStandard Classがあります。

Develop your listening early

The phonetic sounds used in Japanese and English are very different. English uses a much wider range of sounds in speech than Japanese. The best and easiest time for a child to learn to hear the sounds used in a language is before they reach 5 years of age.


Copying is learning!

The children are surrounded with English at the kindergarten so that they learn the natural pronunciation of the language. While they are young their ability to hear and produce the correct sounds is still developing. With constant exposure they naturally learn proper pronunciation and intonation.


Listening to speaking

With so many Native Speakers filling the air with English every day, the children are constantly listening to and absorbing English.This kind of exposure is important for LAD(Language Acquisition Development). From this the children naturally begin to speak in English. The intermediate and Senior children begin to write in English as well.


Team Teaching

In both the Immersion classes and the semi Immersion English lessons, both a Japanese and a Native English speaker work together to teach as a team. In everyday class the English learned in lessons is used by the Japanese teachers as well to increase and encourage the use of English in a natural way with the children.

イマージョンクラスのEnglish 活動、そしてスタンダードのEnglish lessonはどちらも外国籍教員と日本人教師のティームティーチングで行われます。クラス活動やレッスンで取り上げられた英語の単語やフレーズは日本人教師も積極的に使うことによって、お子さま達はより自然な形で英語に触れることができます。

International Yamanote Kindergaten’s English Teachers Objectives

Principal: Koetsu Sugawara
園長 菅原 孝悦

1. Immersion Program based on LAD teaching theory.
2. Training while young to become bilingual.
3. Practicing not just studying.
4. Becoming friends with the teachers who provide effective lessons.
5. After graduation teaching and support for Primary school students.

1. LAD理論によるImmersion プログラムの実践
2. 音の柔軟な吸収期のバイリンガル教育
3. 「語学(ことば)は、習うより慣れろ」の取組み
4. レッスン効果をあげる外国籍教員との「生活とふれあい」
5. 小学校5年生までの学習援助の実践


Mr. Chris - Head English teacher

Born in England, Chris studied Arts and Media at the University of the Creative Arts, Surry. After moving to Japan in 2006, Chris worked as an English teacher at English Conversation Schools in Tochigi, Tokyo and Chitose before joining IYK in 2009. Chris enjoys snowboarding and camping, as well as taking care of his young daughter.

Mr. Ian

Ian is both American and English, and has lived all over the world. He studied Japanese at the University of London: School of Oriental and African Studies and Hokkaido University of Education, and TEFL at St. Giles in London. He joined IYK in 2012. Ian enjoys spending time with his children, reading, building and fixing things, and fishing.

Mr. Shay

Shay is from the U.S. and has lived in Hokkaido since 2009. He lived in Kushiro before moving to Sapporo and started teaching at this kindergarten in 2013. Shay is the father of 2 children. He enjoys music and art and likes to incorporate those interests into his English lessons.

Mr. Johnny

Originally from New Zealand. Johnny majored in Asian Languages at Victoria University, Wellington. In 2009 Johnny moved to Japan and has taught at various Elementary and Junior High Schools around Hokkaido and joined IYK in 2014. Johnny enjoys music, going to the gym and spending time with his young family.

Mr. Dan

Dan is from England and studied History at the University of Edge Hill. He came to Japan in 2013, and taught at numerous Elementary and Junior High schools, as well as private English schools, in Furano, Takikawa, and Sapporo, before joining IYK in 2018. Dan enjoys reading and playing football in his free time.

Mr. Luke

Luke is from America and studied American Literature at the University of Florida before pursuing a Master’s degree in Literature from North Carolina State University. After several years of teaching college composition classes, he moved to Japan to teach English. He originally lived in Nagoya for 2 years before moving to Hokkaido in the summer of 2018. He enjoys reading, playing basketball, and hiking.

Miss Rachel

Miss Rachel is from the U.S. and came to Japan in 2007. After five years working in junior high and elementary schools in Kesennuma, Miyagi, she moved to Sapporo where she taught in a variety of schools ranging from kindergarten to high school. Among other things, Miss. Rachel spends her free time reading, playing futsal, and spending quality time with her husband Yohei.

Mr. Ethan

Mr. Ethan is from the United States of America and moved to Sapporo from Fukuoka. In his free time he likes to go jogging and enjoys playing the violin.