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Jelly Beans Volunteer Group to Host English Conversation Class for Summit

Date Posted: 1999-10-30

A volunteer group known as Jelly Beans recently started hosting English Conversation Class for Women in Nago City. The main purpose of this conversation class, which commenced on Monday, October 18th, is to prepare participants for the Summit Meeting scheduled for next July in Nago City. The volunteers hope to help the Nago ladies to avoid embarrassing situations of miscommunication with foreigners who will be visiting Okinawa.

In answer to a request from the Nago City Summit Promoting Committee for the organization of language classes for Nago City inhabitants, especially women, Jelly Beans volunteered to host this conversation class every Monday 19:00 to 20:30. The courses will last through December 22nd .

During the second class, which was held on Monday, October 25th, native English speakers from Camp Courtney, Gushikawa City, took part in the program. They joint some Japanese members of Jelly Beans (Tomoko Takagi, Sachie Asato, Tsuneko Urasaki, Shoko Teruya and Wakako Kinjo) to provide English instruction for fourteen students. The teaching materials of the conversation class were originally made by the members of Jelly Beans, in collaboration with a group and native speakers. Together, drew the curriculum, putting emphasis on the important phrases or sentences that would be necessary for Japanese communicating with foreigners. The native English speakers from Camp Courtney, John Wilson, Jane Makuta, Barbara Rocklin and Marion Ekman, all enthusiastically participated in the class. John Wilson later expressed contentment over the fact that their volunteer work in Nago was helping to strengthen friendship ties between the local population and the foreign community.

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