My family and I have mostly lived in Chiba Prefecture, which is next to Tokyo Municipality. We moved to Hiroshima in March, this year. While in Chiba, my
daughters spoke standard Japanese, because that was what they heard from the media and numerous people they were surrounded by.
Surprisingly, last night when my daughters were speaking to each other, I noticed that they spoke fluent Hiroshima-dialect! I was amazed as I listened to them. Also, they really love the local baseball team, Hiroshima Carps.
Of course, my girls do not practice or study Hiroshima-dialect formally. They are in the environment, where they are now surrounded by people using the dialect on daily basis. In other words, they are immersed in the dialect and culture, hence the change in their use of language and expression of the culture.
This is what I call Hiroshima-dialect immersion education! (LOL)
It tells us how important it is for children to be in a language environment in order for them to easily acquire language skills.
Our preschool will nurture children who are internationally minded and will acquire the English language skills, just like they acquire their mother tongue through active experiential learning activities in an effective English immersion education system. We are very sure of that and we are going to work hard to achieve our goals.