Donguri Kai

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Donguri Kai continues to provide Japanese education through online classes for children from kindergarten to elementary school. Class meets in a live online classroom once a week to fortify reading, pronunciation, conversation, and communication in Japanese. Teachers interactively guide students to enhance their communication skills.  Students interact on-screen to stimulate and encourage each other through various learning activities.

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Mark your calendar for the dates for the 2021-22 School Year:

Fall session (10 wks): 9/20 – 12/12 (no class the week of 10/24, 11/21, 11/28)

Winter session (10 wks): 1/16 – 3/28 (no class the week of 2/20)

Spring session (6 wks):  4/18 – 5/23


Meet the Donguri Teachers

Kaori Tabion: After 10 years of working in the healthcare industry, Ms.Tabion started a study group teaching Japanese to her own kids and their friends. In 2017, she opened Donguri Kai at JASC and has been teaching Donguri classes. She is a member of an international research community of kanji teaching methods in multilingual children at Learn Japan.

Kaoru Fairbanks: I moved to Chicago in 2019 and I am the mother of three children, all of whom speak Japanese and English. It can be said that “Japanese is one of the most difficult languages to learn for native English speakers.”  ”For my class, I devote myself to creating an environment where students learn Japanese in a fun way and without any difficulty.  My biggest goal is to have students enjoy and want to continue learning.”

Tomoko Hanna: I have been teaching English and Japanese to adults and children since 1995. As a mother of two who speaks the two languages, I deeply understand the need for bilingual education in the U.S. Currently, I sub Tampopo class, and teach Baby Tampopo class and Japanese program at Banner Preschool.

Yuri Yatsuda: Ms. Yatsuda is a resident of Chicago since 2010, and a mother of two children. In 2016,  she and Kaori Tabion founded a small Japanese study group for her own children and their friends and taught them Japanese for 3 years. In 2019,  she began teaching Japanese at the Donguri program. Her goal for teaching is to deliver a Japanese language program that makes children motivated and excited.

*REQUIREMENTS: Online device (PC, Tablet), Internet access, and printer

If you have questions about the status of your membership please contact the office at jascinfo@jasc-chicago.org or 773.275.0097.  Use this form to become a member or renew your membership.

We're sorry. Registration for the 2021 summer Donguri Kai Program is now closed.


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