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English common language for Chinese, Japanese kids

Date Posted: 2006-08-03

A Japanese kindergarten and private school has hosted Taiwanese youngsters at an Okinawa summer camp.

I-Learning Group promoted the exchange program to foster international relations, marine sports and an old fashioned American barbeque. Children from both Japan and Taiwan found themselves using English as the common language, since neither spoke the other’s language.

I want my kids to learn how to communicate with foreigners in English, in a way they have fun,” says I-Learning Group founder Siggy Kano. “Besides English, I’m glad the kids learn different cultures so they acquire a sense of a cosmopolitan outlook.

Thirty-six pupils of “Cats”, a prestige English language school in Taiwan, spent July on Okinawa, sharing with I-Learning Group and making visits to Ryukyu Mura, Churaumi Aquarium and Okinawa Kodomono-Kuni. “I was nervous at the first stage,” said one student, “because I was afraid my English would be poor to talk with them. I could thouh, and I have Taiwanese friends now.” Kano points out “at my school we strongly believe in implementing an excellent educational program, particularly English.”

He says he considers English a most important subject because “it is my strong wish that children be active internationally.”

Kano is looking for more opportunities “to let my kids interact with children in the military communities here on Okinawa. “His number is 098-878-4119, and email s-kano@I-learningnet.co.jp.

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