M.A.N.G.A.: Japanese

Michigan’s Accelerated NihonGo for Americans


Grades: Application Grades 6-9

PROGRAM BEGINS: Fall Semester 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 10, 2020 for Southeast Michigan location


M.A.N.G.A., in partnership with the Office of University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, provides classroom instruction for qualified students in grades 7-9. M.A.N.G.A. is designed so that participating students can complete in three years the Japanese language content assigned in the Michigan High School Content Expectations (HSCE) for all four years of high school as well as meet the Common Core National Standards. Semesters 1-4 of the GATE Japanese program correspond to one year of high school Japanese; semesters 5-6 correspond to a high school AP Japanese course.

Students must begin M.A.N.G.A. with Japanese 1 curriculum. Bypassing one or more courses is not permitted. Students completing M.A.N.G.A. should be prepared to take the Japanese Language & Culture advanced placement (AP) exam, or a college Japanese course.

The course material that will be covered each semester in M.A.N.G.A.
M.A.N.G.A. Schedule Course
Semester 1 (Fall, Year 1) Japanese 1
Semester 2 (Spring, Year 1) Japanese 2
Semester 3 (Fall, Year 2) Japanese 3
Semester 4 (Spring, Year 2) Japanese 4
Semester 5 (Fall, Year 3) AP Japanese
Semester 6 (Spring, Year 3) AP Japanese

Student Advantages

  • The accelerated program allows students to complete the traditional four-year high school Japanese program in three years.
  • The time freed by the program gives students more options, including honors/AP/IB classes or dual enrollment in college courses.
  • Students can work with university professors in a small class setting.

Instructional Plan

  • Students attend one class per week at their program location.
  • Each class lasts 2.5 hours.
  • Traditional high school curriculum is taught at an accelerated pace, requiring the student to learn to be motivated and self-guided outside of the classroom to complete substantial homework.
  • There are regularly scheduled M.A.N.G.A. labs outside of school hours intended to strengthen a student’s understanding of program materials and concepts and to seek additional help as needed from program tutors.
  • Students will be given an MSU account for the online course website to access M.A.N.G.A. coursework/homework which should be checked daily.

Student Evaluations 

  • Progress in mastering subject matter is monitored regularly through graded weekly homework assignments, quizzes, and tests.
  • Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled mid-semester to give parents an opportunity to communicate in-person with the teacher about their student’s progress.
  • Progress Reports are made available to each student’s family after fall and spring conferences.
  • Grade Reports are distributed to families and the student’s school at the end of each semester. These include details on progress in content, participation, and letter grades.
    • Upon receipt of the grade report, your student’s school should record the credit and grades on the student’s high school transcript.
  • Parents are welcome to contact the instructor at any time with questions or concerns.