ウェラーズヒル小学校

オーストラリアのブリスベン近郊にあるこの学校の校長先生ジョンウェブスターさん曰く、
ジョンウェブスター校長
『バイリンガルの方が人生上手くいってるって調査結果が出ているので、うちの生徒み~んな6歳から日本語などの外国語で授業をして、本物のバイリンガルにしちゃいます。』


ってことだそうです。


場所はここです。

ウェラーズ・ヒル・ステート・スクール
Wellers Hill State School

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なんですかこの学校、凄くね?


そしてなぜ日本語が選ばれたのかというと、やはり親しみやすい文化ってのも大きな要因なんだと思います。
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もちろん、この学校ではドイツ語やフランス語など自分の第二言語を自ら選べますが、日本語に一番力を入れているようです。

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元動画はこちらです。

The Australian school teaching in Japanese
https://youtu.be/0hU7IezSAs8

文字おこしは張っておいたので興味がある人は、ご自分で翻訳してみて下さい。

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Who has the Harry Potter game? 

Definitely not me.

Why not?

Because my mum, and iPad games…

Pearl, do you want to come to my place? 

You can try it.

Oh, Yeah.

ジョンウェブスター校長

John Webster is my name. I’m the principal at Wellers Hill State School.

We’ve commenced the bilingual program at Wellers Hill in 2014 after a year of intensive research.


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My name is Sarah Prescott and I’m a parent of Eliza.

And she has been in the bilingual program since 2014.


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When I speak Japanese I think it’s easy. But, when I’m learning new words it’s a bit difficult - but once I’ve got those words, it’s easy.

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All the research indicates that children who are bilingual have better prospects in life,
have better health outcomes… 

There are various advantages for native bilingualism.


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But I … Universal Studios Japan, Hogwarts and the Hogwarts ride…

Because my eyes… You didn’t go!

I did. But, if you do this with your eyes…

I had my eyes… Just like this…

Ghli'ad-Zuckerman

People who are native bilinguals, they actually get their dementia 4.5 years later than if they were monolinguals.

When you’re natively bilingual, and let’s say there is a construction noise while you are giving a lecture, you are more likely to be able to concentrate on your point.

So this has to do with auditory concentration.

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Next, does anybody remember what we get when we add a circle to the 'hi' character?



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If you are natively bilingual, if you speak two languages as your mother tongues, you
are actually more clever than yourself as a monolingual.


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Over 90 per cent of these children have never experienced Japanese before year one.



What kind of fruit do you like Riley? Kiwifruit.

So, say, "I like kiwifruit." 

I like kiwifruit.


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I’m Kristina and I’ve got two kids at Wellers Hill doing the bilingual program.

My oldest daughter Natalie was in the first year that the program started and it was terrifying

- it was exciting. But it was also terrifying when it first started

because we had no idea, really, what to expect. 


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My name’s Courtney Czechowski.

I’m a parent at Wellers Hill State School. I certainly know for my daughter, at about this time last year when she started, she made the comment that she really liked Japanese

but it was probably better that she went to a school where they spoke English.

So it’s great to see a year on that that’s her favourite subject and she’s just passionate

about speaking Japanese and learning Japanese and practicing.


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The class has two teachers - a Japanese teacher and an English teacher.

They alternate every half a day. 


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I have an English partner teacher.

So she’s the one teaching all Australian curriculum in English.

And I’m teaching Japanese literacy, maths, science and geography in Japanese.

There are some words that have been introduced in English, but we can’t directly translate

that into Japanese because it’s not an age-appropriate word in Japanese.

So we have to reword into the similar range of words in Japanese and that’s the challenge

that we have every term. 

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The unique things we’re finding are that the way that Japanese mathematics is taught is really enhancing the way we’re now teaching

mathematics on the English side of the program as well.

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The soroban is the word for abacus in Japanese. In my class we use soroban a lot.

That helps to develop their abstract thinking. 

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Starting afresh: six yen, one yen, eight yen,

four yen, six yen, two yen, two yen, nine yen and nine yen makes?

Was the last one nine? 

Yes.

Eliza?

It’s forty-seven yen. 


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So they can say, for example, 565 divided

by five. They can do that in five seconds.



It’s about a year-and-a-half into the program, probably at that time point, I think I was

just standing by lining up with the kids for the class for the morning and Eliza started

to talk Japanese to her teachers. And I went, “wow, that’s unbelievable,”

because, in contrast to my experience as a language learner, I’d never gotten to the

point where I’d been conversationally fluent in Japanese.



When you walk around the school now you can see pockets, and hear pockets, of students

speaking Japanese and students speaking in English.

If the kids approach one of their Japanese teachers they will convert directly back to

Japanese and speak to them. And then if I’m walking past they’ll switch

straight back to English.


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My name is Kanon.

I’m doing a homestay at Eliza’s house. 


Your turn.

That was fast. Stormrider is my favourite ride.

What’s that? Water? 

Yes, the one with water - it’s high.

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So we went to Japan for two weeks, which was essentially a visit to different cities and then the kids were able to go on a three-day homestay.

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My homestay was a lot of fun because we played a lot of interesting games.


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Natalie had the opportunity to do a homestay when she was in Japan and she had this amazing

time with her family who really welcomed her into their home - but she got this snapshot into their life. And she got to bathe in a traditional Japanese house, she slept on a futon in a shared bedroom, she sat around the table on the tatami [straw matting] eating the meal with the family. And, for her, she just came back speaking

about it like it was this amazing experience. 


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My homestay family had a father, a mother,

an older brother, an older sister, a younger brother.

I ate a lot of curry and rice balls during my homestay.


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I’ve done lots of different things, but this is the most amazing thing I’ve ever

introduced in a school. Because you can see the joy that the children

are getting out of the program, the joy that the parents are getting out of the program,

the positive impact that teaching Japanese in a bilingual fashion has had on our English

study component - which is amazing. 


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But I think, certainly, understanding another

culture and another country is something that’s really nice to see happening so early.

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So, embedded within the curriculum for the children are these cultural experiences, which

I think has such great value in terms of our global environment today.


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And I just think that that has been so valuable for the children.


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I think that will really help them for the rest of their lives.


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The bilingual program at Wellers Hill will change the lives of these children for the better till they retire and beyond. 

It’s an amazing thing.

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I probably won’t work in Japan, but I’ll go to Japan a lot.


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If you can do half of your school year in grade one and beyond in another language,

you can do anything.


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