Rosemont High School in Sacramento, California offers advanced Japanese classes as part of its curriculum – the only problem is that they don’t have any instructors qualified to teach the class. Students are left to study on their own, watch movies in Japanese and take notes.
The school’s Japanese teacher left for maternity leave in August last year, and the substitute hired to replace her quit in November. A substitute assigned to the classes in December does not speak any Japanese, so instead is focusing on culture and history of the country.
For now, the district has hired an outside firm to take over the level 1 and 2 classes.
Even though it did not have anyone lined up to teach the advanced level 3 and 4 classes, it offered them anyways. So until April when the regular teacher returns, students will have to sit around, watching films and wondering why they are even in the class.