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

Michigan’s Accelerated NihonGo for Americans


Grades 7-9
PROGRAM BEGINS: Fall Semester 2020
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 10, 2020 for Southeast Michigan location


MANGA, in partnership with the Office of University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, provides classroom instruction for qualified students in grades 7-9. MANGA is designed so that participating students can complete in two 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.

The course material that will be covered each semester in MANGA.
MANGA 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

Every semester of the program emphasizes developing and refining the four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In addition, various in-class and out-of-class opportunities will be provided. Students may elect to take the AP Japanese exam at the end of their third year.

The GATE Japanese Program offers a technology-enhanced format. Students will attend class via live video broadcast or in person each week; a significant portion of the material will also be available on the course website for asynchronous learning. Once or twice a month, all students will be required to attend class in person. Throughout the year, students will be able to seek additional assistance via regularly scheduled “virtual” labs. Either the course instructor or a TA (teaching assistant) will be available to connect with students via live video conferencing.

Student Advantages

  • The accelerated program allows students to complete the traditional four-year high school Japanese program in two 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.

MANGA Meeting Details

MANGA is a Hybrid Class
Class time: TBD

Face-to-face classes will be held once or twice a month.
All other classes held via line online video (Zoom).

Virtual Study Lab times: TBD

Students will participate in study labs by connecting via online live video to work on homework assignments, practices language skills, and seek additional assistance on concepts learned in class.

Location of face-to-face classes: TBD