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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 gain a sense of accomplishment
from applying what they have learned through
their daily study and feel motivated to take on further challenges using English.
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 that can be used by anyone as long as they are not afraid of making mistakes. Furthermore, when witnessing "people from different backgrounds and nationalities" 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. EID is a place where young children begin to recognize English as "a communication tool" to connect with people around the world.
At the same time, EID provides an opportunity for children to reflect on "why they learn English". This reflection can lead to a more positive learning attitude with a stronger awareness of the language skills they have already gained and what they can still improve.
This is what children realized
EID is not a place to acquire (or improve) English skills. So what do children gain from this 5-hour program? Children’s impressions from previous EIDs show that they gain confidence in using English as a tool to communicate as well as motivation to continue developing their language skills with the Kumon English worksheets.
"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 (International and Japanese; students and employees who are currently studying and working in Japan) 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 that every individual child, no matter their English level, can feel a sense of accomplishment when they return home. We understand that using only English to communicate must be challenging for young children but we hope to make the EID experience fun and meaningful for them. In order to achieve this, Group Leaders are trained to adopt the mindset that every child grows differently.
This initial stage aims to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere where children feel comfortable to start expressing themselves in English.
Children get to move their bodies, sing songs, play games together and get to know their group members.
In this stage, the goal is to spark interest in children to know more about other countries and cultures through interactions with Group Leaders.
Children discover interesting information about different countries by listening to Group Leaders, answering quizzes, asking questions and even sharing about their own country.
A stage that gives children more opportunity to express themselves confidently in English.
Children participate in the activities through teamwork with other friends. They are also encouraged to take a more active role using English to communicate.
This final stage gives children the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about their EID experience in front of everyone.
Children will reflect on what they felt in EID, what they want to do in the future and what they have realized about learning English. They will write it down in English and if they want to, they can also present what they have written to everyone.