Why small class sizes?
In Japan, the typical size of a class in a school is 30-40 students. International education institutions, on the other hand, frequently boast a class size of about 10-20 students. What are the benefits of having fewer students in each class?
To begin with, it allows teachers to pay adequate attention to each student’s learning progress. Everyone learns differently, and teachers would be able to tailor their lessons in a way that activates the potential in individual learners. Any learning difficulties can also be identified, and supplementary measures such as extra tuition taken. On the welfare side of things, teachers who have a closer bond with students tend to understand their needs more readily, thus providing appropriate support.
Many students find it easier to get to know their classmates well when classes are small. Besides the forging of long-lasting friendships, this has a positive impact on academic performance. A major difference between the national and an international curriculum is that the latter is more interactive and student-led. Small group settings leave ample time for the exchange of ideas, a crucial precondition for students to collaborate and learn from each other.