Japanese students at Tokyo's Joshi Gakuen all-girls junior high school are getting DS handhelds for the classroom
, but they're not playing New Super Mario Bros.
on them. They're using them to learn a new language: English. What makes it such a great tool in aiding their studies? Perhaps it's familiarity ...
The handheld system is incredibly popular in the country and many students have one they enjoy using to play games on a regular basis. It's a system they're comfortable with, has an easy interface, and mixes a bit of fun in with the learning. If we would've had the option when learning another language
in our schooltime studies, we'd probably remember how to ask where the bathroom is in German.