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February 07, 2010

John Lowe interviews Miyu Ishiwata

ishiwata.jpgIn the latest ELT News interview, John Lowe talks to Miyu Ishiwata who is involved with Eikoh – one of the largest jukus in Japan – which was founded by her father. She is also Director of Little Steps – a private school for children in Tokyo.

Miyu talks about her education in Japan and in Phoenix, her work for Eikoh and the distinctive features of Little Steps, the school for young learners that she established. She considers it to be very important for Japanese children to learn English, and says: 'Children are so receptive at this age, and their listening skills develop very quickly. Also, the innate ability to mimic with accuracy and conviction the unique phonetic sounds of a foreign language soon deteriorates with age and continued conditioning.'

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