Stu­dents ben­e­fit from ex­change pro­gram

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By CO­RAL COOK­SLEY

ENGLISH prac­ticed, cul­tural sto­ries ex­changed, and an ac­tion-packed pro­gram to see the best of Beech­worth and sur­rounds has been an in­ter­est­ing learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Ja­panese stu­dents on a visit to Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege.

Toko­rozawa-Nishi High School English teacher Akira Yae­gashi who was part of the week-long journey that started last Thurs­day said it was a chance for stu­dents to fur­ther their English.

“It’s a good ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dents so they can study Aus­tralian cul­ture with dif­fer­ent ways of think­ing,” he said.

An­other teacher Hiroko Su­nago said it was im­por­tant for the stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent life­styles.

Ms Su­nago said the stu­dents had been work­ing hard to learn English but in Ja­pan don’t have the chance to speak with many na­tive speak­ers of the lan­guage.

“We’re hop­ing to have an ex­change pro­gram where we can host Beech­worth Col­lege stu­dents in the near fu­ture and wel­come them to our school,” she said.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Patricia Broom said an ex­change for Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dents was planned for next year.

Year 9 stu­dent El­iza Gray said it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence to con­nect with peo­ple from other coun­tries and learn about each other’s lives.

Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege English teacher Anthea Scott, who par­tic­i­pated in an ex­change pro­gram to Ja­pan some years ago, pro­vided lessons based on known in­ter­est by Ja­panese peo­ple in Aus­tralian cul­ture.

Among planned ac­tiv­i­ties were vis­its to Mt Buf­falo, ex­plor­ing Beech­worth’s his­toric precinct in­clud­ing the Burke Mu­seum and the Ned Kelly Vault, a taste of Beech­worth Honey and see­ing the Gorge.

The stu­dents had an added learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of Aus­tralian fam­ily life stay­ing with host fam­i­lies from the school com­mu­nity too.

Toko­rozawa- Nishi High School lo­cated about 30 kilo­me­tres from Tokyo is in a city with a pop­u­la­tion of around 340,000 peo­ple.

Stu­dents from the school vis­ited for the first time last year.

PHOTO: Co­ral Cook­sley

CUL­TURAL EX­CHANGE: English teacher Anthea Scott wel­comed Hiroko Su­nago and stu­dents from Toko­rozawa-Nishi High School in Ja­pan to Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege last week.

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