What's ALA?

Aoba Action Learning Academy (ALA) is a completely new English learning program run by Aoba Japan International School. Classes are held on Saturdays at each campus, where kids from 2 years old up to Elementary, learn English using actions and interactive mediums.

At ALA, we do not offer a paper and pen based learning experience. We design our classes to be very interactive, yet efficient, in order for kids to enjoy learning English along with developing global awareness.


「春の体験会」受付中! 申込はこちらへ

ALA believes that in order for students to build a strong foundation of global awareness and English communication skills, a weekly class of one hour is not sufficient; thus, a half-day class of three hours where students and teachers interact face-to-face is recommended. Being immersed in an English speaking environment for half a day will surely enhance language acquisition.

In order for students to continue practicing English throughout the week, we offer online English content and a wide variety of library books for students to check out and enjoy at home.

We offer three types of programs: Little Kinder (LK), Interactive English (IE), and Little Explorers (LE). These programs are available to students based on age, English level, and content. IE offers four levels based on age and English ability.

LE Interactive English
LE Little Explorers
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Little Kinder

LK Little Kinder

Little Kinder (LK)

English Level: Beginner

Content: Ideal for students who are being exposed to English for the first time and want to learn English in a natural conversational setting.

Age: 2-3 years


Lessons involve exciting and topic-based activities that help stimulate children's curiosity. Students will learn vocabulary words and simple phrases based on the topic for the day. Through typical preschool activities, such as music (songs and rhythm) and art (cutting, sticking, gluing, coloring, etc.), conducted in English, students build gross motor and fine motor skills. The many English stories being read in class will surely amuse students and invoke interest in the language.

* It is recommended that students aged 3 attend the IE (Interactive English) Nursery Level class so that students may benefit from exposure to English for half a day.

Interactive English

LE Little Explorers

Little Explorers(LE)

English Level: Beginner ~ Intermediate/Advanced, 4 classes available based on age and English level

Content: A focus on five areas of the English language: Phonics, Vocabulary, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

Age: 3 years ~ Elementary


The IE programs include exciting audio and visual aids using an interactive screen to keep students engaged. Developed for preschoolers to elementary students who learn English as a second language, this program is being used in more than 200 schools, mainly in Asia. Students learn systematically through thematic content that encourages curiosity and active participation.

Four Levels of IE classes are offered - Nursery Level, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Students are placed according to their age and language ability. Ideally, students will advance to the next level after one year.

Online Learning Portal

An online learning portal is available for students to access at home. Parents can visit the site to learn more about what their child learned during the Saturday classes. In addition, students can continue practicing English at home using the online portal during the week.


All IE classes have supporting workbooks. Classes are action-based using an interactive display and these workbooks are supplementary materials. A great way to retain what students learned on Saturday is to go through the workbook during the week and review what they have already learned.

Little Explorers

IE Interactive English

Little Explorers (LE)

English Level: Intermediate and higher

Content: An opportunity for students to learn English through crafts and experiments at the elementary level.

Age: 5 years old ~ Elementary



This action-based class includes experimenting, exploring, and crafting, all while learning English at the same time. Ideal for former International preschool graduates and students who already speak conversational English, this class focuses on elementary leveled concepts as well as keeping up with English skills.

This program incorporates the elements of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). This gaining attention as a keyword for learning skills necessary for children in the 21st century.

Each lesson usually lasts one hour and follows the process of:

Curious: A look at the mission for the day and encourages student curiosity
Act: Hands-on activities relating to the lesson's mission
Tell: Reviewing and sharing what each individual learned

Through this Curious-Act-Tell process, students learn academic content embedded in STEAM through action-based activities, all while speaking and interacting in English.

For example, in the Curious stage, the teacher will ask a lot of guiding questions that are open-ended to peak student curiosity. Yes or no answers are kept to a minimum in order to encourage students to speak and practice their English.

With every LE class, students will be assigned a task to complete at home in order to encourage using English during the week.


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At ALA, half-day English immersion programs are the norm. This is because we found that a typical English class that lasts up to an hour a week is not sufficient for students to build English retention capacity in a child's brain. After half a day of being immersed in English, a child's brain gradually begins to create new circuits using the English learned that day. However, this does not mean that students will retain everything they learned after a week lapses without using English. In order to maintain and practice the skills they learned, the following services are available for use at home, free of charge.

Borrowing English Picture Books

Choosing an English picture book that suits your child's development level and English level can be surprisingly difficult. As a result, ALA has selected English picture books for students at each campus (some include audio CDs). Students are encouraged to borrow a book each week to take home and enjoy reading.


Borrowing English Picture Books

Choosing an English picture book that suits your child's development level and English level can be surprisingly difficult. As a result, ALA has selected English picture books for students at each campus (some include audio CDs). Students are encouraged to borrow a book each week to take home and enjoy reading.

Online Books BookFlix

In addition to borrowing books from our library, students and parents have access to Scholastic's online library, BookFLIX, free of charge.

BookFLIX includes over 300 animated online picture books for preschoolers and elementary school students. Many of the books also offer audio tracks. Students are encouraged to use BookFLIX at home to increase exposure to English outside of ALA.

BookFLIX covers a wide variety of themes:
Animals and Nature / Earth and Sky / People and Places / ABC'S and 1,2,3's / Family and Community / Music and Rhyme / Adventure / Celebrations / Imagination

*For optimal quality, it is recommended that BookFLIX be used on a tablet or computer
**About Scholastic - Scholastic is one of the world's largest publishing companies for children's books. Popular series include "Harry Potter", "The Magic School Bus", "Clifford the Big Red Dog", and "I Spy"


Time Table

※ Parents and guardians are unable to attend lessons. Parents and guardians will be able to enter the campus during drop-off and pick-up only. Students who are still toilet training will receive support from the teachers and staff members.
※ At the end of each lesson, there will be a short period of time where teachers are able to provide feedback about your child.
※ In order for students to successfully acquire English, the three hour lessons are highly recommended.
※ The schedule and content at Harumi Campus and Shibaura Campus are different from those at other campuses. Please check the website of each campus for details. (Only Japanese: Harumi Campus / Shibaura Campus)
※ Waseda Campus offers 2 classes (2-3yrs / Beginner) in the morning (9: 00-1.5h, 10: 30-1.5h)
※ Please contact your desired campus about afternoon and advanced classes.
※ A portion of the advanced class uses the Little Explorers program.

Annual Schedule

40 lessons a year. Please see the lesson calendar on your desired campus.


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Mitaka Campus

〒181-0013 Shimorejaku 4-15-41 Mitaka, Tokyo

Waseda Campus

〒169-0075 Shinjuku ku 1-14-8 Takadanobaba Tokyo

Nakano Campus

3-6-17-2F, Minamidai, Nakano-ku,Tokyo 164-0014

Shimomeguro Campus

5-29-6, Shimo-meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 1530064 JAPAN

Harumi Campus

〒104-0053 Nishichiku 2F Harumi Triton Square Harumi 1-8-2 Chuo-Ku Tokyo

Shibaura Campus

〒108-0023 CANAL GATE SHIBAURA 1F 4-12-38 Shibaura Minato-Ku Tokyo


Guidelines for Choosing the Right Class

As of April 1st of the current year:

2-3 years, Beginner English Level
→Little Kinder (LK)

3 years and older, Beginner English Level
→Interactive English (IE) Nursery

4 years and older, Beginner English/Less than one year of English exposure
→Interactive English (IE) Level 1

5 years and older, Intermediate English Level/ 1-2 years of English exposure
→Interactive English (IE) Level 2

6 years and older, Advanced English Level/ at least 3 years of English exposure
→Interactive English (IE) Level 3

5 years and older, Intermediate English
Level/desire to learn English through crafts,
experiments, and elementary leveled
→Little Explorers (LE)

※A portion of the advanced class uses the Little Explorers program.


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