Jul 14, 2009
On Sunday, July 5, 2009, the KUMON English Immersion Day was held at the APU Student Hall. The English Immersion Day is an annual event held by KUMON Institute of Education Co., Ltd. This program aims to give KUMON students the opportunity to expand their view of the world, use the English they have learnt far and to draw out the students' potential.
Fifty seven elementary school children from different cities in Oita prefecture and 25 APU International students from 14 countries and regions such as Indonesia, Kenya, and Sri Lanka gathered and participated in this year's event. During the program, the children were divided into small groups to which three or four students were assigned as group leaders who provided group support. During the one day event, children were encouraged to actively communicate in English and got enthusiastically involved in various activities in an active program designed to get the students to know the world such as singing, ice breaking games, and a song and sports festival.
The English Immersion Day was successfully conducted and brought to an end with a graduation ceremony in which children from every group came to the front and spoke of their impressions and things they learnt through the event. Through this program, new friendships between participants and international students have flourished and the students succeeded in building up their confidence to communicate in English.
The KUMON English Immersion Day is an annual one day experience event program for elementary students across the Japan based on the 7 day "KUMON English Immersion Camp" program in which students can attempt to live out their daily life entirely in English. It also serves as training for the student "Camp Leaders". APU has been cooperating with this event since 2001 and every year dispatches students from a range of nationalities. Chosen by strict selection process, the camp leaders will take part in the August KUMON English Immersion Camp after a range of training sessions and after building up their experiences in the KUMON Immersion Day.
At the conclusion of the event, the group leaders spoke of their impressions.
Puti Chitara Sekar Kesuma (APS4, Indonesia)
"I think this program is really good for kids as it gives the children a chance to know and understand that we may have different nationalities but we still can communicate together with a single language: English"
JOO Min Je (APS2, Korea)
"It has always been amazing for me to see children developing through the camp. I always believe that children have so much potential to be discovered and that is our role as camp leaders to help them release it"
CHANG Pang Chian (GSAPS, Singapore)
"This program is great and a real eye opener as it most probably would be the first time for children to meet so many people of different nationalities and experience their culture."
Please visit the KUMON Institute of Education Co., Ltd homepage for more details on the KUMON English Immersion Day