Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) is supporting a country-wide
effort to teach practical English to students in order to prepare
for the expected 40 million visitors in 2020.
Metropolitan Board of Education is launching the Tokyo Global
Gateway (TGG), a large-scale education project that hopes to
increase students' proficiency in the English language to create a
more welcoming experience for visitors.
The facility will open on
6 September 2018.
"ANA is honored to be a part of the
country's mission to create a welcoming destination for all
visitors," said Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA. "2020
will be a year to show the world our country's proud history and
traditions, while learning more about different cultures. The
first step in this process is teaching a generation how to
communicate with our guests visiting Japan."
At the TGG,
elementary, junior high, and high school students will have an
opportunity to use and practice practical English. As a result of
this program, Japan should have a generation who can better
communicate and foster relationships with people from different cultures around the world.
The facility is divided into two
areas: "Attraction Area" and "Active Immersion Area". Inside the
"Attraction Area", where the students can experience how they can
use English in their daily lives, there are "Airport Zone", "Hotel
Zone", "Travel Zone", and "Campus Zone". The "Active Immersion
Area" is where students conduct group work in English.
sponsoring the "Airport Zone" where students will be able to
role-play as passengers and talk to "flight attendants", who are
instructors hired by TGG, using scripts made with help from ANA.
ANA will also provide the facility with real airplane seats, drink
carts, and uniforms for instructors.
"ANA is dedicated to
expanding and enhancing tourism to Japan," said Ito. "By working
with the TGG, we are helping not only to teach students English,
but provide them with the opportunity to practice the language. In
turn, this will better prepare them to communicate and learn from
Japan will host the Rugby World Cup in 2019,
followed by the Olympics in 2020.
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