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November 28, 2005

Kurobe City Approved as English Zone

Kurobe City has been approved for deregulatory zone status focusing on English education from the elementary school level, according to the Chunichi Shimbun. The city will merge with the town of Unazuki next March and the two municipalities drew up a plan that calls for one class a month at first and second grade, once a week for third and above in elementary school, with an emphasis on songs and games. In junior high school, there will be one "eikaiwa" lesson a week. Assistant teachers who specialize in English will be employed as well as native English-speaking ALTs at all levels. The two BoE's formed a planning committee in May and a group of 17 teachers are creating the curriculum. Kurobe is one of six municipalities focusing on English out of 105 zones approved in the latest round, the 9th so far. The deregulatory zone scheme was launched in 2002.
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