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February 10, 2003

Nationwide Immersion Program for Kids

Yesterday's Mainichi reported on an education ministry plan to place hundreds of elementary school students in short-term immersion programs. The aim is to encourage the use of "real English," according to ministry officials. Starting this year, dozens of groups of 20 to 30 fifth and sixth graders in various locations around the country will be selected to spend two weeks of their summer vacation and a week of the winter break living with native English speakers and Japanese teachers. Details of the plan will be drawn up by local boards of education, teachers and English conversation schools.

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