About Victoria and the Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School
Located on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada, Victoria is a beautiful city with a temperate climate that allows outdoor activities throughout the year. Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, and more than 330,000 people reside in the region.
The Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School was established in 1989 because we wanted to provide the opportunity for the children who have Japanese background to become familiar with and learn Japanese in this rich environment, and we were also committed to creating a school environment where learning is enjoyable and fun.
Students may enroll in the school from age four. The curriculum includes textbooks that are also used in Japan, as well as a variety of teaching materials, worksheets and content from the internet. Lessons are all taught in Japanese based on a communicative approach that is aimed at developing student listening, reading, writing and speaking ability.
The Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School also places a strong emphasis on introducing Japanese customs and traditions, such as the importance of the four seasons in Japanese culture. Children enrolled at the school have the opportunity to explore and develop an interest their Japanese heritage while growing up in Canada.
As well, since our school is a charitable organization, the contribution of volunteer work by each member is essential in order to run the school smoothly.