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April 07, 2005

Ota City English-immersion School Opens

Gunma Kokusai Academy, a privately run elementary school in Ota City with an English immersion program, opened yesterday. The school is one of the first of its kind to open under the structural reform zones authorized by the central government. On the first day, the school welcomed 166 students in the first and fourth grades. The school plans to have students in all grades within two years, and to open junior and senior high schools as those students progress. All subjects, except Japanese and some social studies courses, will be taught in English and students will have been exposed to about 100,000 hours of English by the time they graduate high school.

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