Has identified the language that makes the day turn around, extended it to topic areas and additionally connected it to the authentic traditions of Japan. Using the image of the sun and clouds, Mary Taguchi provides a clear framework onto which to attach and connect activities and resources. For young, energetic children, the approach is exhilarating and productive; the classroom becomes the cultural connection to Japan, the “Third Place”, where cultures meet. Her commitment to experience-based education is mirrored by Chinese wisdom:
“When I hear, I can forget. When I see, I can remember. When I do, I can understand”'
Aim: having children acquire a new language within much the same learning process as the acquisition of their own; integrating another culture into this process - seeing cultures as both similar and individual; truly effective language teaching for confident communication and intercultural competence.
Much study and research has been aimed at this process, resulting in an approach that is highly effective, within the reach of all children, as was their mother tongue.