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July 15, 2005

Kids Can Study English Online During Vacation

Fourhalf Inc. is to launch a new service aimed at helping elementary school students brush up on their English at home during the summer vacation. The company's "English Channel" provides an online English conversation learning service using Internet video conferencing to link students in Japan with teachers in the Philippines. For a flat fee of ¥4,000 students can take unlimited 50-minute sessions for 30 days, and lessons have from one to a maximum of five students. Windows Media Player, a microphone, headset and web camera are all required. The new service, "Rajio Taiso no Ato wa Onrain Eikaiwa," will run from July 20 till August 31. During this period, the usual ¥10,000 registration fee can be reduced for two or more students enrolling at the same time. The usual kids-oriented service allows a maximum of two sessions per day, but during the summer vacation, this will be extended to allow full access between and 10am and 7pm, Monday to Friday. Fourhalf say they have a target of 200 member signups during the summer campaign.
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