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September 22, 2004

SELHi School Not Lost in Translation

Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri carried the 12th in their series on the Super English Language High School pilot project. The article looked at Kochi Nishi High School, designated as a SELHi last year and the first school in Kocji prefecture to set up an English program in 1968. Part of the school's approach in to ensure that students have a solid grounding in Junior High English before moving on creative reading, summarizing and other higher level language skills. Another focus is on Global English, using English to introduce such topics as sports, religion and human rights from a global perspective. But the key to the school's program is a reduced emphasis on translation of English text to Japanese, which frees up time for more English reading or other activities. A separate article looked at the program's flexibility and the school's policy of allowing observation by teachers from other schools, holding open class days almost monthly.
School's English course plays down translation
Open class: Observers impressed with flexible nature of program

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