As a preliminary stage to the IB DP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Program) core subject CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service), grade 10 high school students at NUCB International College initiated English classes for children living in Nisshin City, Aichi Prefecture.
The programme named "Go! Go! Eigo," is designed to provide an enjoyable way for elementary-aged children to become familiar with English, through kinesthetic approaches. NIC students are fully engaged in the active learning, that they experience themselves in their school life, and the programme is made to be a lively and attractive place for participating children to move, think, and learn on their own, utilizing song, dance, colour, game cards, and a variety of activities to create an interactive learning experience.
In cooperation with the Nisshin City Board of Education, this year's programme is open to participants aged five to eight years old, residing in Nisshin City, and takes place at SORA CAFE on the Nisshin Campus of Nagoya University of Commerce and Business. With an affordable admission fee of just 500 yen, the GO!GO! Eigo! programme is open to the public, making it accessible to families from all walks of life.
One organising student shared their experience, stating: "Teaching English to kids is a good experience for me because it helps me understand how I learn. This experience has helped me understand myself and my learning preferences better. It's a rewarding experience that lets me interact with others outside of our campus."
Participants also look forward to each class with great anticipation. One parent commented: "This is our first time participating, but I am already looking forward to this time every week. My child growing interested in learning English is visible in our daily life, and she looks forward to seeing her new little classmates every week. I can feel that she is changing and growing."
This English class is also a meaningful experience for the high school students themselves, as it is a prerequisite initiative for a subject called CAS, which is one of the main subjects of the IB DP curriculum starting in the second year of the high school programme. A student who was in charge of the first class said: "Teaching was a good experience, not only for the children who participated in the class but also for our own personal growth as teachers. CAS is a program that encourages personal growth, not only academically but also throughout one's life, through repeated planning, practice, and post-programme reflection in the areas of creativity, activity, and service. In our school, as part of CAS activities, we aim at connecting with and contribute to the local community. Through the classes at NIC, students will grow not only academically but also as human beings and hone the qualities necessary to become global leaders of the future.
NUCB International College is designed to provide a world-class education with excellent facilities and a rich natural environment, on its 200-acre campus, in Nisshin city, Japan.
The case method, first developed at Harvard Business School in 1922 and now commonly used in elite academic institutions worldwide, is incorporated into the teaching approaches for leadership education at NIC. Small classes enable personalised supervision by multinational faculty members with master's or doctoral degrees and faculty from affiliated top business schools. In addition, the Summer School for prospective students (July) and a preparatory course (the Bridging Programme) for September admission are also offered.
The school provides a safe and secure co-educational boarding environment with reference to international boarding standards. 'House Supervisors', who are well versed in psychological and health management, provide daily support and regular individual counselling to ensure optimal support and guidance for each student. Through living together with peers from different cultures and experiences, students develop the qualities required of the next generation of leaders.