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July 25, 2005

Kagoshima Hoteliers Brushing Up Their English

Hotel staff in the hot spring resort of Ibusuki in Kagoshima Prefecture are brushing up their English conversation skills in an effort to lure more foreign guests, according to Asahi.com. Classes are taught by Andrew Murrell, a 31-year old Englishman who came to Japan as an ALT in 1997 and runs an English school in the town. In the first lesson, students practised the rhythms of English with the aid of a drum. They will also learn how to take reservations by telephone, give a tour of their facilities, and explain the menu in English. Currently, 17 students are taking lessons once a week, which will continue until October. The course was organized by the local hotel business cooperative.
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