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November 16, 2005

Life in the Village

Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri ran a report on Language Village, the country's first "dormitory-style language school" situated at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The school is run in what used to be a holiday home for employees of a large corporation, after the villa in which it opened in Narusawamura, Yamanashi Prefecture last year became too small to meet demand from students. Students stay at the school from one to four weeks and must speak English at all times. The majority of students are middle aged or elderly, with younger students coming during school vacations. There are four native English-speaking teachers, two of whom are brothers, and all from Australia.
'Villagers' immersed in English (link will expire)
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