Many 6th grade students quit English lessons in anticipation of Junior High School. You shouldn’t quit. You should continue.
Let’s look at why you might want to leave and why you shouldn’t.
#1 Reason: My child can’t make the time because club activities finish late.
This simply isn’t true. Our Jr. High School lessons begin from 7:30. Most clubs finish at 5:00 (winter) / 6:30 (summer). Even students coming back from Tokyo find the 7:30 start fine (if it IS a problem—tell us. We can delay the start till 8:00)
#2 Reason: My child won’t have time because club activities are so busy.
Again, you might be surprised. Many students are LESS busy in Junior High School. In elementary school, students go to English, swimming, piano, sports….. and are busy EVERY night. In Jr. High School, after club, they are free. Many students have MORE time.
#3 Reason: My child will have English everyday in Jr. High School. So they don’t need to extra English.
To be honest, the lessons at Jr High School (and normal cram schools) are not very good. Jr. High School texts begin VERY EASY and soon become overly difficult grammatically. There is not much speaking time or valuable CD listening time (Listen and repeat is not that useful. Listen and understand is.) The lessons are often boring.
Our lessons emphasize speaking and meaningful CD listenings (in class). Grammar and vocabulary is studied at home.
There are 6 students maximum. Your child WILL speak.
The lessons are fun and effective. Students enjoy the other students and the native teacher. They are challenged to give longer answers, ask others questions and remember vocabulary.
The text’s grammar / vocabulary / speaking and listenings actually mirror what the children do in Junior High School lessons. But in a fun, meaningful way.
Your child WILL find the English at school easy. And get top marks on tests.
#4 Reason: My child has studied a long time. He doesn’t need to study English anymore.
This is the saddest reason. Your child is on the verge of being fluent. They have studied very hard in elementary school. In Jr. High School (and High School), everything comes together. Students get it. And can use all that they have learned to become confident speakers who can converse in English: listening / understanding and responding.
# 5 Reason: I didn’t know you had Jr. High School lessons.
Yes. We do. In fact, many students now stay in Jr. High School and High School. The lessons are great. It’s so nice to see students who have progressed from kindergarten, to elementary and now are practically grown up. Boys who began at 120 centimeters who are now taller than Amy with facial hair. We can talk with these students like we chat with friends. We enjoy chatting about their lives.