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April 27, 2004

At Ease, Students

10th-grade students at a high school in Chatan, Okinawa recently had the rare opportunity to learn English from the US Marines. Members of III Marine Expeditionary Forces Band from nearby Camp Foster helped the class with English pronunciation and explained the history and meanings of two songs, "Amazing Grace" and "Edelweiss," which the class already learned during the last year. The band also performed an American pop song for the class. The class was part of the school's effort to encourage students to learn "real English" by teaching different subjects using English, according to principal Shigehiro Matayoshi, who commented, "I am very happy with the class today. It was very successful and we look forward to having more."

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