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December 16, 2004

English + Math = Success

Publisher Gakko Tosho is to publish the country's first math textbook for primary students written entirely in English, according to the Daily Yomiuri. The company is confident that the growing number of schools and districts introducing English in elementary schools will ensure the book's success. The Japanese version of the textbook has an almost 13% market share. The English version, translated by Chuo University professor Michimasa Kobayashi, will not be offered as an official, education ministry-approved textbook, but will be sold through regular bookstores. The books feature colorful cartoon-style illustrations, as well as dialogs and hints from child characters. The company is also considering publishing English versions of texts for other subjects.
English plus math book equals 2 birds with 1 stone (link will expire)

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