Reality TV Series Launches Championships for Japanese and American Language Partners

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Symbilingo, a Honolulu educational technology firm, is billing its new Aloha Challenge reality television series, with a $10,000 grand prize, as the championship of Japanese-English immersion

The reality format is perfect for entertaining audiences and showcasing transformative social environments. The show and certified results prove that language-exchange partners can accelerate foreign-language proficiency and have lots of fun through competition courses

Symbilingo, a Honolulu educational technology firm, is billing its new Aloha Challenge reality television series, with a $10,000 grand prize, as the championship of Japanese-English immersion.

Starting December 20, Symbilingo will re-launch and promote the show's webcast with both Japanese and English narrated versions, respectively, introducing the series and curriculum to Japan. Its objective: to inspire the nation's approximately 10 million 13 to 20 year olds to join into language-exchange partnerships with English-speaking peers who study Japanese. A new series of e-learning and Hawaii-based immersion courses will unite the next generation of learners.

According to Language Testing International, eight out of 12 high school students participating in the 2008 Aloha Challenge curriculum increased one full oral proficiency level in just 24 days. Students typically require several months of immersion to achieve similar results.

"The reality format is perfect for entertaining audiences and showcasing transformative social environments. The show and certified results prove that language-exchange partners can accelerate foreign-language proficiency and have lots of fun through competition courses," said Symbilingo president and executive producer, Lorenzo Wyatt.

The show's competitive format, actually, is a rigorous international management curriculum that employs bilingual undergraduates in a dynamic game that helps Japanese and American high school students learn language. This four-week, dual-immersion course compels collaboration among interns and students as they create multimedia that communicates Hawaii's cultural wealth and ecological beauty to a global audience.

"I really enjoyed this program. Because there were so many difficulties, I learned a lot," said Sho Ito, a University of Oregon senior and study abroad student from Sapporo, Japan. Another intern, Chris Impicciche, an Indiana University senior, described his experience as, "I had a lot of fun. It was crazy and stressful and awesome, and I loved every minute of it."

With the Aloha Challenge re-launch, the company calls upon all undergraduates - either studying English, or Japanese languages - to enroll in the Aloha Challenge 2009 online qualifying course. During the nine-week course, each will join with a partner and, together, earn points through multimedia projects and a final exam. The top 20% of partnerships that best acquire a set of target language will qualify. Symbilingo will individually interview and select next summer's interns who will compete in paradise for $10,000.

This seven-episode, independent television production is simply described as: "Eight bilingual college interns - four from Japan, four from the U.S. - battle for the title 'Top Producer' and a $10,000 grand prize in a four-round film and blog-making competition. To avoid elimination, interns pitch to win jobs as producers, then must lead a team of barely-conversant Japanese and American high school students to victory." Aloha Challenge premiered at 8PM on KIKU-TV and http://www.alohachallenge.tv on Friday, November 7. Half-hour episodes air Fridays 8PM and Saturdays 3PM through December 20.

About Symbilingo, Inc.:
Symbilingo, Inc. develops e-learning and immersion courses for foreign language learners. In 2005, co-founders Lorenzo Wyatt and Chiaki Tanaka began developing and testing the company's proprietary learning models in Japan. The Aloha Challenge curriculum is the first online+immersion course that Symbilingo has commercialized for learners in Japan and English-speaking countries.

Contact: Lorenzo Wyatt
info (at) symbilingo.com
http://www.alohachallenge.tv
(808) 852-9892

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