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May 13, 2004

University Students to Teach English at Primary Schools

Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, will send a team of students to lecture on their experiences of studying English overseas at local primary schools this academic year. Beginning in May, the first team of students will visit three public primary schools in the city to teach classes in English conversation and international communication. About half the nation's public primary schools have introduced English as part of their general studies classes. However, their teachers are still acquiring teaching methods and material for the newly introduced subject. Annually, about 1,400 of the university's students attend universities overseas. The university has set up a "human resource bank" of students interested in using their language ability and experiences to teach at primary schools. About 430 second, third and fourth-year students who are taking teacher-training courses are registered with the bank.

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