Take our user survey and make your voice heard.
national

Osaka nursery going extra mile to stop Vietnamese kids falling behind

13 Comments
By Takayuki Kojima

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© KYODO

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.

13 Comments
Login to comment

This Osaka nursery went to extract mile even better than JGovt.

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

"If they continue on in this way to elementary, they won't be able to adapt and will drop out of school," Tsujimoto said in a recent interview with Kyodo News.

Keiko Tsujimoto doesn’t have to worry.

Children learn languages at an accelerated rate compared with adults.

There is no need for any type of card holding with translated words on them.

My son met ignorant prejudice when changing over from international schooling to the Japanese system but somehow managed to achieve a TOEIC score of 900 and fluency in both languages.

There’s nothing to fear especially

“delinquent behavior”

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Makes such a change to see a positive story about international living in Japan

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Having half the students unable to understand the classroom language WILL hinder the other students. The teacher will have to take more time explaining to those with poor language skills.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

Yes, the various nurseries our kids attended had several kids who could not speak Japanese, but they learned very fast, without any special assistance. But usually they were less than 10%, if half of the kids are Vietnamese, they will naturally congregate among themselves and probably it takes more time and effort to master the Japanese language. In any instance, it is a good thing that the parents send them to school and make an effort for the kids to integrate.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Mr. Kipling, it is a nursery, not a school. 0-6 year old kids, playing together, going out for walks to the park, teachers reading them some stories, eating together and the sort. No hardcore study of quantum physics.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Went I went to the US in kindergarten, they did the same thing. They took me and a Spanish speaking girl into a room for 30 minutes every morning to help us learn English words and phrases. It helped a lot.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

This should be nationwide standard practice for kids like these.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

There is no need for any type of card holding with translated words on them.

My son met ignorant prejudice when changing over from international schooling to the Japanese system but somehow managed to achieve a TOEIC score of 900 and fluency in both languages.

There’s nothing to fear especially

If most of the children are Vietnamese or partly Vietnamese, they will most likely not speak Japanese with each other. So, their Japanese level will be lower than other kids, and will have a hard time when they enter grade school. Especially understanding what the teacher wants them to do and the content of the lessons.

Your son might have a language learning aptitude, not everyone is so blessed. You can't assume everyone will be so fast and easy to adapt like him.

In general, I agree with everyone that this preschool is commendable and it's wonderful that they are going the extra mile for the kids. This country is not known for its flexibility, so it's really great to see it.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Study Japanese..

Learn Japanese culture and manners..

Follow the Japanese rules and law..

Adapt to the country..

As it should be..

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Good effort but not necessarily something the others should or must also do

Based on my personal experience, my advice is, parents should worry about their kids speaking their own (foreign) native language more than the Japanese language.

It's common to see kids who end up struggling to communicate in their parents native language as they grow up.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Japanese education system is pushing young kids too much. Sometimes i help my son’s math class, the questions are so difficult that most adults can’t even come close to solving it. I believe elementary school questions should be in a level that most adult can solve. Questions with 3 variables and ridiculously large numbers, divisions of numbers with many decimals etc nobody has ever needed to do in their lives. They should take it easy on elementary school level, kids still need play time. It’s better to intensify the level of education as the kids grow up.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

@NAM

IMO children do just fine in Japan as the spoken language is really not that difficult for children to grasp.

It is only the onerous tests that begin in JHS that begin to pose problems for children as rote learning is required.

And I don’t think my son had a special aptitude just a father that took a bit of time to sit down, talk and read with his child…

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites