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School creates ‘English Village’ for fun learning

By Chiu Shao-wen  /  Staff reporter

A teacher looks on yesterday as students of San Xing Elementary School in Taipei’s Xinyi District play the roles of flight attendants and passengers in a mock flight cabin at the school’s all-English learning center.

Photo: Chiu Shao-wen, Taipei Times

An elementary school in Taipei is stepping up efforts to facilitate the learning of foreign languages by young pupils with a large-scale English-learning center that places students into simulations of everyday situations.

San Xing Elementary School, located in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義), invested NT$3 million (US$100,000) this semester to create an “English Village,” an all-English learning center, which aims to stimulate young students’ interest in learning English through pluralistic teaching methods.

A number of foreign teachers are in charge of the language program, which is furnished with several simulation rooms that replicate real-life situations, including an airplane flight cabin, a train station, a clinic and a supermarket.

Walking into the mock flight cabin — referred to as “San Xing Airline” — students are given a boarding pass and are taught appropriate boarding manners, as well as commonly used vocabulary and dialogue on airplanes.

Although students might initially have trouble adjusting to an all-English teaching environment, they are expected to open up through roleplaying games, such as being a flight captain or flight attendant.

Translated by Stacy Hsu, Staff Writer

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