A school in Tokyo is using the Nintendo DS to help teach its kids English.

The Tokyo Joshi Gakuen school has been using the DS and textbook software since May.

The consoles are on a one-year free trial, and, says vice principal Junko Tatsumi, the results have so far been good.

"The students are really concentrating and have fun in gaining skills such as spelling", she said.

"Our school policy is English education should be fun."

Other schools are also using the consoles for maths and Japanese classes.

Nintendo currently offers 200 licensed education titles for the DS.