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StepOutNet Tasters at Primary School International Week
Pupils at Silverdale Primary School enjoying a kanji card game
Pupils at Silverdale Primary School enjoying a kanji card game

When Silverdale Primary School in East Sussex were planning their international week, teacher Angela Crouch contacted the Japan Foundation London Language Centre to enquire about the possibility of having StepOutNet Japanese language tasters as part of the activities. On Wednesday 11th June 2008 Eriko Suzuki and Mari Sato travelled to St. Leonards-on-Sea to carry out a full day of tasters at Silverdale School. They delivered 12 x 20 minute sessions to all the pupils in key stage 2 (years 3-6, ages 7-11). In the sessions they covered Japanese greetings, which they practiced with the pupils. They also introduced Japanese vocabulary like animals and body parts, and the kanji for these words. The pupils were very enthusiastic about learning kanji, and enjoyed playing a competitive kanji card game in groups. Overall this was a very successful day and we were especially pleased with Angela's positive feedback:
"I think it all went very well. Mari and Eriko were lovely and I think they enjoyed their day, too. The children certainly did."

If you are a teacher interested in having a StepOutNet Japanese language taster at your school, please click here for more information. Fluent Japanese speakers please click here if you would like to become a StepOutNet volunteer.