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Urasoe City takes lead in English education efforts

Date Posted: 2008-07-25

Urasoe City is in the forefront of Okinawa schools bringing English classes to students.

English is now being taught from first grade up in Urasoe City elementary schools, a level higher than mandated by the Ministry of Education. Urasoe City schools have authorized English special areas in the schools to promote interest.

Seven Urasoe elementary schools this month conducted an English play centered around classroom studies. The theme “How the Elephant Got His Trunk” brought the young students together to share understanding of the story.

“I was nervous before doing it,” said one student who introduced the story to the audience. “We did it with no mistakes, and I was so excited, I want to be a translator or interpreter in the future.

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