dskid.jpgThere’s an English Proficiency Test in Japan called Eiken, which is taken by all but only conquered by less than a third of test-takers. As an initiative aiming to increase that number, all 8th graders in Yawata City’s public school system were given Nintendo DS Lite to practice English on. IE Institute, a company that makes educational software for consoles, spent the last three years creating the perfect software for this target group at the request of the local education board. (Coolest education board ever!)

A focus group of 49 students showed that students using the DS for just 10 minutes increased their vocabulary by 35-42%.

So we have generations of Japanese growing up to speak better English AND a whole bunch of kids with free DS Lites. Everybody wins!

Mainichi Daily News