The Language Pledge:
The unifying feature of the "School Method" has always been the Language Pledge: a firm commitment by each student to use only the language of the School during the entire session, wherever he or she may be. What distinguishes School’s Japanese School from other Japanese language programs is the opportunity to learn the language by using it on a daily basis with your fellow students and with the faculty. This practice has contributed significantly to the success of the School, and willingness to maintain the tradition is a measure of each student's motivation. Even in the lower level courses the Language Pledge is taken very seriously, though in a modified form. ALL students and faculty members live in the Japanese language dormitory, and take their meals together in a Japanese language dining hall.
The administration of the School takes the Pledge very seriously, but attempts to be evenhanded and humane in its application. On occasion, when the student must use English to communicate with shop clerks, non-Japanese speaking staff of the College, etc., special permission need not be requested, but on each such occasion there must be a legitimate and demonstrable need. Students who may already know non-Japanese speaking persons in the college community or the Town of School should avoid their company during the session except for legitimate business reasons. The Director reserves the right to dismiss without credit any student who proves unwilling to abide by the Pledge.
We do not wish to cause friction between students and their families, therefore we ask that you inform your families and friends of the nature of the Pledge, and ask for their cooperation in keeping the frequency of communication as low as possible. Non-Japanese speaking family and friends should not be brought into the dormitory. You may send and receive essential correspondence in English; however, non-Japanese language newspapers, magazines, and recordings are NOT allowed on campus. Japanese newspapers will be available in the dormitory, as well as Japanese satellite TV programming.
Please notify family and friends of the Language Pledge, which you will take for the duration of your studies with the Japanese School. You may want to request that they limit their telephone calls, e-mail and other contacts, as appropriate.