"And now it is the place to create a new vision and action on education using network."

"Thanks for getting me on the same boat to discuss about education and internet. It is so wonderful to meet you on the net."

Isamu Shimazaki

Isamu: My work in Japan, I mainly teach Japanese language for students who came from Peru and Bolivia. They do not understand any Japanese for the first time in Japanese school. They come to my international classroom three or five times a week. They came from their countries. Their parents wanted to work in Japan.

And I started to learn Spanish with them. Because their Spanish are not so wonderful in writing. They are fogetting their mother langauge as soon as learning Japanese.

Adri: This is aculturation (does this word exist, Patti??? Help...), a way of not belonging to one culture or another... A person looses his references... How do you deal with this problem, Isamu? Is it a problem for you at school???

Isamu: Both way to teach langauge, I use many graphic resources. Graphic can be easily understood for them. I'm making web page for learning Japanese and Spanish at


Japanese as a second language, there are many students in the world leaning. I'd like to communicate with them online and learn Japanese langauge with them.

I'd like to know more about students language learning in your countries. How about the second language, when students start to learn?

I'd like to write more about my work in Japan, next time.

Adri: Here in Brazil English is the most important and needed Second Language. At school, they start at the 5th grade, but many students go to special courses and begin very early... But only the ones that can afford for it...

French is another option, but it is not so important.

MERCOSUL brought Spanish and it's receiving more atention now. Many products, such as soaps, shampoos, tooth paste etc are written in Portuguese and Spanish, because of the new economical ways of Mercosul.

Um beijo.

David: In Israel, we also have students from many cultures. This is not a simple matter. It depends also on why the child's family is in their new country Are they there for only a short time? Have they immigrated? Do they still keep strong ties (physicall and/or emotionally) to the "old country"? Are they looking for a totally fresh start and want to "burn their old ties"?

Many people, in their first years in a new country, try very hard to adapt to that country and thus take on all of the cultural, linguistic mannerisms, etc. Many feel that they should distance themselves from the "old country" as this just keeps them from becoming a "natural citizen" of the new country. Students may feel ashamed of the way their parents dress, talk, etc., as it is so different from their new surroundings. Therefore it is not a simple matter in relating to the culture the student comes from.

Often you find people making a strong effort to talk, act, dress exactly like the people in their new adopted country during the first five to ten years. Then slowly they start moving back to their natural roots, remembering, returning to many of the mannerisms they threw off, and learning to mix the old with the new. I think we could use the Internet here to help a student explore his/her "native" culture. It would also give them a chance to present their culture to the other students, or even present it over the net with a homepage they may want to set up for this purpose. We may be able to find keypals for them with students from the old country where they can continue to communicate in their native tongue and nto forget their roots.

But remember, although we may see benefits in doing this, there may be strong resistance from the family and the student him/herself. Best to feel our way. Maybe learn from each other as to how to best do this.