Metropolitan English Teaching Material: "Welcome to Tokyo"

We created the Tokyo Metropolitan-exclusive English teaching material "Welcome to Tokyo" in the 2015 fiscal year, to be distributed to all children and students at grade 5 of public elementary schools and above in the Tokyo Metropolitan area.

Looking forward, we intend to make effective use of these materials in a variety of settings -starting with the classroom- with the goals of improving English communication ability, and facilitating understanding for both Tokyo and Japanese culture and history.

At the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, we have created the Tokyo Metropolitan-exclusive English teaching material "Welcome to Tokyo" in the 2015 fiscal year, to be distributed to all children and students at grade 5 of public elementary schools and above in the Tokyo Metropolitan area in the 2015 fiscal year with the following goals in mind: [1] Facilitating understanding for both Tokyo and Japanese culture and history; [2] the expansion of English communication; and [3] the promotion of education for international understanding in anticipation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
We're facilitating further use of education materials, such as creating guidance materials for teaching.

Outline of teaching materials

We distributed the booklets and DVDs.

Elementary

Target: 5th/6th grade elementary school students

Nine original characters introduce noteworthy and appealing aspects unique to Tokyo. Tourist attractions, special products and events in Tokyo's 62 municipalities are featured in picture cards that can be used for activities and projects (investigative learning) dealt with in the teaching materials.

Elementary

Basic

Target: Junior high school students

High school student Sakura visits all sorts of places with Robin, a homestay student staying at her house. A drama of discovery showcasing the charm of Tokyo, a city both old and new. Sakura's neighbor Ricky has a segment introducing parts of Tokyo.

Basic

Intermediate

Target: High school students

The story of high school student Kana and video journalist Emma going around collecting data on different parts of Tokyo. Through the eyes of these two, you gain deep insight into Tokyo from several angles. You can also see "Emma's Report," a documentary Emma makes based on the data they collect.

Intermediate