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December 15, 2004

Shane Teaching Expo Guides, Volunteers

This autumn, teachers from Shane English School Japan in Nagoya, on behalf of Shane Language Services (SLS), have been providing English lessons to the residents of Seto who are involved in the World Exposition, Aichi, Japan 2005 that will run from March to September next year. Seto, a small town famous for its high quality ceramics, is located just east of Nagoya and close to the site of the Aichi Expo. Organizers have recruited many townspeople to act as guides, host families, and volunteers. The organizers contacted SLS to provide English teachers to train the volunteers in simple English.

Lessons are held once or twice a month at a community centre in Seto. Seventy students attend the classes and take 90-minute lessons taught by six teachers from SESJ. Topics include greetings and introductions at the airport, describing family, and talking about health issues. The lessons are highly communicative with pair and group work to maximize student talking-time. The language is functional and used communicatively helps students learn when and how to use the language appropriately.
Expo 2005 Aichi Japan

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