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A Student's English Experiences

Some of our students have lived abroad for two weeks, one year, or even more and improved their English skills. We have asked some of them to write about their experiences abroad and in our school system. We hope this will give the reader a better idea of English education at our school.

As the world has changed over the years, English has become very important. In my country of Japan, it is part of our compulsory education to learn English at school. However, not many Japanese are able to communicate in English; even those who have gone to university. That is why in our school, Rikkyo Ikebukuro, we study not only English but also the national characteristics of people from all over the world.

As I have mentioned, English learning at Rikkyo Ikebukuro focuses on developing students socially and with an international awareness. This may sound a little too abstract; so let me explain it more thoroughly.

First, every week we have at least two classes of "English Communication Class". "English Com." is what it is called. The class consists of one native teacher teaching 20 to 23 students. Students learn to properly speak in English with the help of a native speaker. Also, during this class we are not allowed to speak in Japanese. In this way students are able to try out their English without being embarrassed.

Second, in our school we accept students who have had the experience of living abroad (also called "returnee students"). The returnees are great role models to the other students as they are capable of speaking fluently with native English speakers. Also, returnee students are very influential to other students as they often have a different point of view. Sharing stories about their experiences in other countries help other students to be more open-minded to foreign countries.

In addition to the points listed above, we have programs such as TOEIC week, a student-exchange program to CCES, camps in the United States and Canada, and so on. Therefore, Rikkyo Ikebukuro provides an excellent opportunity to learn real, up-to-date English. We not only learn to read and write in English, but also begin to understand foreign cultures, learn to express ourselves on a wide range of topics, and communicate effectively with native speakers of English.

Issei Inoue
First Year Senior High School Student

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