JALT > December Meeting 2007
Katoh Gakuen in Numazu City, Shizuoka, started the first immersion program in Kindergarten and Elementary school in Japan, and Dr. Bostwick has made it greatly successful with his deep insight into bilingual education.
The popular media continues to perpetuate misconceptions about the introduction of English education for children before junior high school. In this presentation I hope to directly address several of the most prevalent misconceptions and in so doing, also provide an overview of our English immersion program at Katoh Gakuen. The presenter will then offer a new model or "vision" of English language education in Japan for the future.
- Executive Director of the English Immersion Program, Katoh Gakuen (PreK-12)
Dr. Mike Bostwick currently serves as Director of the English Immersion Program K-12 at Katoh Gakuen in Shizuoka Prefecture, and has directed the development of the program from its inception in 1992. He also serves as vice principal of Gyoshu Junior & Senior High School. Katoh Gakuen’s Immersion Program was the first English/Japanese dual language program in Japan. It has become a model of immersion and bilingual education, and is much studied and admired around the world. The program was recognized by the Japanese Association of College English Teachers (JACET) with a special award in 2002, only the second time the association has given an award in 50 years.
マイク・ボストウィック氏 - 加藤学園英語イマージョン教育プログラム・ディレクター
I cordially welcome all visitors to our website.
As the first English / Japanese dual language program in Japan we have become the model of immersion and bilingual education in Japan. Although the program began in 1992 , the program continues to make history in the field of dual language education. The merits of our program were recognized by the Japanese Association of College English Teachers (JACET) with a special award in 2002. This was only the second time this award has been given in its 50 year history of the association. We are also the first Japanese school to receive authorization from the highly prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization. From the beginning of the program we have striven for excellence in all areas of the program.
The vision of our program goes beyond our school walls. We believe we are making an important contribution to the quality of English education in Japan. Through research, seminars, symposiums on content-based foreign language education, and teacher training we are committed to remaining at the vanguard of dual language education in Japan.
One of our greatest resources is our dedicated, highly trained staff, who are committed to excellence and to the success of the children under their charge. The quality of a program is directly related to the quality and effectiveness of the teaching staff and we have been fortunate to have an outstanding group of educators involved in the program. We pride ourselves on being a dynamic, ever-growing institution endeavoring to give the gift of bilingualism to our students and to promote understanding of dual language education in Japan.
- Date: December 2, Sunday
- Time: 10:00am〜12:00am (in the morning this time!)
- Place: Housou Daigaku (The Open University of Japan), Fukui Campus, Lecture Room 1 - 7th Floor, AOSSA (The new building just behind Fukui JR Station)
- Member: Free
- Non-member: 1,000yen
- Student: 500yen
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JALT > December Meeting 2007