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Japanese university teaches free language classes in Mekong province

Friday, November 08, 2013, 12:08 GMT+7
Japanese university teaches free language classes in Mekong province
Students are seen attending a Japanese class in Vietnam in this file photo.

A Japanese university will teach free Japanese language classes to high school students in a Mekong Delta province from now until November of next year, according to the provincial education board.

Vinh Long Province’s Department of Education and Training has announced that Tokuyama University, located in southern Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefecture, will run three 90-minute classes a week.

The department will be in charge of enrolling students and organizing the classes, it said.

About 180 high school students from Nguyen Binh Khiem, the province’s top school, and others situated in the provincial capital Vinh Long City have registered for the free courses.

This is part of a cooperation program the province and the university are conducting to improve local education quality and provide experience for students who want to study in Japan in the future.

Last month the Ministry of Education and Training said Vietnamese students will learn Japanese as part of a US$480 million national project intended to improve the learning and teaching of foreign languages, primarily English, from now until 2020.

Japanese has been taught to 25,000 students at 19 middle schools and 12 high schools in Hanoi, Da Nang City, and Ho Chi Minh City since 2003.

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