小学生向け夏休み英語プログラム
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Kenichi Aikawa

English x Minecraft – Spark your child’s creativity and imagination with a fun and memorable holiday programme! 

In this year’s summer course at the British Council, your child will have the chance to learn English and develop their 21st Century Skills with our tailored English programmes for young learners, Primary Plus along with creative and challenging activities using the open-world game Minecraft.

What is Minecraft: Education Edition?

A game-based learning platform that promotes skills that develop STEM knowledge (e.g. interacting with the physics of the environment they create), creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive digital environment. Educators in more than 115 countries are using Minecraft: Education Edition across the curriculum.

[Teacher's blog] Block by Block: Building English skills with Minecraft

The course aims to develop the students’ confidence and competence in communicating in English via a game-based context. It allows students to interact with virtual environments that would otherwise be unavailable in their current learning contexts. For example, collaborating to make a town to scale rather than a map of a town, or exploring a famous landmark in an immersive manner rather than watching a video. This immersion provides learners with chances to express creativity, collaborate with each other and communicate during the process and as part of pre-task preparation and post-task reflection.

Each week, students will explore different stimulating up-to-date topics linked to current issues and real life with a range of tasks and projects to work on with classmates. For instance, in one week they will make a poster about an endangered animal and in another week, they will design a dream bedroom. Students will also have plenty of opportunities to build their English communication skills and express their ideas as they work in groups on tasks and projects.

Build your English with Minecraft-lesson photo

Through this course, your child will:

  • develop 4 skills leading to communication in English
  • expand range of vocabulary and knowledge of grammatical structures and develop good pronunciation
  • building confidence and developing positive attitudes
  • develop 21st Century Skills such as Problem-solving, Collaboration, Intercultural Awareness, Global Citizenship and Digital literacy

How does my child use Minecraft in building English skills?

Let them learn English while having fun with an exciting holiday course featuring Minecraft Education Edition. Kids work in teams to build a city and explore famous landmarks in Minecraft Education Edition – the world’s most popular virtual reality game.Their confidence and communication skills will soar with every lesson. Let the adventure begin!

Minecraft: Education Edition Official Site

How can I track my child’s progress?

Each week, students will work on a project such as a writing report or a presentation as the final task to deliver a successful, real-life project at the end of the course. Primary Plus parents and guardians are invited to an open classroom to see their works at the end of each week.

Students will receive a certificate of completion for each week of the course they attend.

*Please be aware that open classroom is subject to change based on restrictions caused by the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

Overview

Level

  • Primary Plus 1-4

Age

6-12 years old (Suitable for Japanese Elementary School grades 1-6)

*Please refer to the minimum entrance requirements for Primary Plus courses below. We will recommend a level/class that suits your child due to the results of placement test (writing and speaking test) and supervision by our teachers.

Date and Time

Week 1: Monday 25 – Friday 29 July 2022, 9.00-16.00
Week 2: Monday 1 – Friday 5 August 2022, 9.00-16.00
Week 3: Monday 8 – Friday 12 August 2022, 9.00-16.00

* 6 hours of classes a day x 5 days per week  
* 1-hour lunch time and 30 minutes of break times per day 
* Students can choose from 1 week, up to 3 weeks. Magazine topic differs every week.

Venue

British Council (Iidabashi, Tokyo)

Class style

Group lesson (Class capacity: 15 students)
*Onsite face-to-face lessons only

Teachers

All British Council teachers hold professional teaching qualifications including CELTA, DELTA, PGCE, MA TESOL and TYLEC. They have extensive experience teaching children. 
>>Meet some of our teachers

Course Fee

Duration Price Bundle discount
1 week (30 hours) 128,700 yen (incl tax)  
2 weeks (60 hours) 244,530 yen (incl tax) 5% discount
(257,400 yen→244,530 yen)
3 weeks (90 hours) 347,490円 yen (incl tax) 10% discount
(386,100 yen→347,490 yen)

* All materials are included. No registration fee required.
* The 5-10% discount will be applied at the time of registration for multiple weeks. 

Minimum entrance requirements

  • able to write and recognise all the names and sounds of letters Aa-Zz in upper and lower-case.
  • able to read and say simple, phonically-regular words.
  • able to write their own names.
  • able to attempt to spell phonically-regular words
  • familiar with basic greetings and able to follow simple classroom instructions (sit down, stand up, listen, open your booklet etc).

Find out more – Three steps to register

  1. Book a Free Consultation
    Choose a suitable date and time and book a free online consultation from the booking form.

    * existing students are not required to take a placement test and consultation.
    * course registration closes 5 days before each course starts

  2. Free Placement test
    Take our free placement test (online writing test) before the consultation day. 

  3. Consultation & Speaking Check (40-50 minutes) 
    In order to recommend a level that suits your child, a speaking check with our teacher is required. At the consultation, please discuss your child’s learning needs with our professional consultants.    * The child must be accompanied by parent or guardian for the consultation.

Safety measure for our onsite English courses

This course includes using Minecraft: Education Edition, but it is not an official program organized by Microsoft or Mojang.