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June 29, 2005

Confessions From an English Boot Camp

An interesting article on OhMyNews.com about a "boot camp" approach to teaching English in Japan, including one at the base of Mt. Fuji. David M. Weber wrote about the 5- and 7-day intensive English courses run year-round by Kanrisha Yousei Gakko. The "Question Training" approach involves a teacher shouting rapid questions at students, who must answer in a similarly intense fashion, similar to a military training camp. Though Weber had his doubts about the effectiveness of some aspects of the courses, he acknowleges that many students came away with a positive impression. (OhMyNews.com is a site run from South Korea with articles submitted by "citizen reporters." It was chosen as one of the Top 50 coolest sites of 2005 by Time magazine)
I Was an English Boot Camp Instructor -or- On Mt. Fuji, no one can hear you scream (while learning a second language)
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