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- About EID
"I could understand English!"
"I used the words I learned!"
Through EID, we hope that the children
who are currently studying Kumon English realized that
they could use what they have learned
and got motivated to take on further challenges!
What is English Immersion Day?
EID is a one-day (about 5 hours) program of English immersion activities for elementary school students studying English in Kumon Centers nationwide. The EID aims at helping not only the children who participate but also adults who are observing the activities to realize that English is a communication tool and that "anyone can do it." Furthermore, when witnessing "non-native" speakers communicating in English, Japanese children gain confidence in expressing themselves in English as a second language and feel motivated to continue to study further with a clear purpose in mind.
Increased motivation to study and use English through language immersion,
self-reflection, and self-accomplishment
Through EID, children experience the joy of using English and then develop the willingness to express their own thoughts and feelings in the language. It is the moment when children begin to recognize English as "a communication tool" to connect with people around the world.
At the same time, the children begin to reflect on "why they learn English" and change their learning attitude as well as develop a more solid belief in the usefulness of what they have learned up until now.
This is what children realized
EID is not a place to acquire (or improve) English skills. So what will you learn in a 5-hour program? We have witnessed that "the confidence of using English as a tool has increased as has their motivation to continue developing their language capacity with the Kumon worksheets. (from participants' impressions)
"I could express myself somehow!"
"I could speak in English."
"I was able to introduce myself."
"I used what I’ve learnt."
"In general, I understood what was said."
"I was able to explain things with the help from my friends."
"I was able to share my own thoughts."
"I wanted to know more about other countries."
"I wanted to introduce my own country’s culture."
Kumon recruits Group Leaders who understand what we value and apply these values in their facilitation of children’s learning.
EID provides training to leaders (mainly international students from Asian countries) to understand the outcomes of the program and facilitate activities effectively on the concept of “children’s growth.” The program was designed and divided into four stages of growth based on the belief that children can grow within a short period of five hours. The heart of what we aim for is to see the children smile when they return home. In order to achieve this, Group Leaders are trained to adopt the mindset that every child grows differently.
An important stage that will change the way the 5 hours are spent.
Children use the phrases they learned from the Kumon worksheets and engage in simple conversation with friends and group leaders in the same group.
Getting to know group leaders, building trust and relationships before moving on to the next stage.
The goal is to create interest and develop an interest in knowing more about group leaders through hearing stories from different countries.
A stage where participants gradually ease their tension and try to use English (as a tool).
Children actively participate in the activities through teamwork with other friends while being encouraged to use English to communicate.
A stage where participants try to convey their feelings in English at the end of 5 hours.
Participants will make a presentation in front of everyone about what they felt in EID, what they want to do in the future, and what they have realized about learning English.