EIC 2015 Completion Report
English Immersion Camp 2015 has been successfully completed
Four English Immersion Camp sessions were held this year. There were three sessions at the Hotel Biwako Plaza in Moriyama City in Shiga Prefecture from August 1st through 4th, 6th through 11th, and 12th through 15th and one session at the Izu Training Center of the Kumon Kokusai Junior and Senior High School from August 18th through 23rd.
The EIC 6 Day Program and the EIC 4 Day Program were held in 2015. All participants (312 students) graduated from English Immersion Camp (EIC) 2015!
Both the EIC 6 Day Program (for children studying Kumon English materials Level I1 or above or having achieved EIKEN Grade 4 on the test in Practical English Proficiency (STEP)) and the EIC 4 Day Program (for children studying Kumon English materials Levels G2 – I1 or having achieved EIKEN Grade 5 on the Test in Practical English Proficiency (STEP)) were held. All of the participants (312 children) of these four camps session graduated from EIC 2015!
15th English Immersion Camp: A Global Camp where People from Many Countries and Regions from Around the World Live and Study Together!
Students living in the Kansai area (in western Japan) from 17 countries and regions (including Japan) and students from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Oita Prefecture from 14 countries and regions (including Japan), cooperated with us for this year’s EIC.
EIC began in 2001 and has now been held 15 times. The community camp life brought together children, who gathered from various prefectures from all across Japan, and Camp Leaders. The total number of EIC participants has now topped 2000! The total number of countries and regions that Camp Leaders’ have come from is nearly 80, including Camp Leaders from the countries of Sudan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic, and Estonia for the first time this year.
The children not only experienced the joy of using English, they also made connections with people from many countries and regions. They experienced becoming friends like true family members or siblings, and expanded their outlook on the world.
Mistakes are OK! You can do it!
As the name of the program suggests, the English Immersion Camp immerses participating children in English. But this does not mean that Japanese is completely prohibited. Communication with the Camp Leaders took place only in English. However, when children found it impossible to convey their message skillfully in English to the Camp Leaders, we often saw children cooperating with each other using a combination of English and Japanese to attempt to somehow communicate what they wanted to say to the Camp Leaders. Camp Leaders constantly motivated students by saying, “Mistakes are OK! Try, try!!” Encouraged by these words, the children enjoyed communicating in English without fear of making mistakes.
EIC was held in Shizuoka Prefecture this year!
The EIC 6 Day Program (8/18 – 8/23) was held at the Izu Training Center of the Kumon Kokusai Junior and Senior High School in Shizuoka Prefecture. In contrast to the sessions held at the Hotel Biwako Plaza in Moriyama City in Shiga Prefecture, most of the children at the EIC session in Shizuoka Prefecture came from the Kanto region (eastern Japan). In the future, we will continue to look for ways to provide the EIC experience to as many children as possible regardless of where they live in Japan.
Taking Action! “Well Done Points” and the Bottle Cap Project
The “Well Done Points” program and the Bottle Cap Project have been carried out since 2010 with the intention of implementing small actions to contribute to the greater good, and not focusing solely on benefits to ourselves. This year, we collected 5278 Well Done Points. Well Done Points will be converted into money that will be donated to dig wells in Sri Lanka, and to aid devastated areas such as Tohoku and Nepal. In addition, EIC participants wrote messages for people in Nepal where a massive earthquake recently occurred. These messages will be sent to elementary schools and other places in Nepal via Camp leaders. the results of the PET Bottle Cap Project is that we could collect 23220 PET Bottle Caps and change them into 27 !