How low can Japan go?

Japan may have one of world’s most elderly populations, but the face of the country’s English language education is younger than ever. Students in business suits are being joined by those in nappies, and teachers accustomed to dealing with sleepy heads in class must now put up with learners who dribble and cry for their mothers.

Japan is in the grip of a boom in preschool English learning. Parents, frustrated at the glacial pace of change in the formal education system, are exposing their children to English before they can even walk, driving a multimillion-dollar industry in materials and instruction in the process. Guardian, 17 February 2006. Read the whole article…

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