Elementary school English: Ready or not

Poor English skills and coordination with visiting English speakers are just two of the problems worrying elementary school teachers as the government’s two-year transition period to inaugurate weekly classes in the language begins next month. This article looks at the background to the decision to make English compulsory for 5th and 6th grade students, at problems that schools and teachers face in providing English classes at this level, at the ‘Eigo Note” created by the Ministry of Education to support teachers, and at Shiba Public Elementary School in Minato Ward, Tokyo,an example of a school that has been successful in supporting it teachers to develop English classes.¬†Japan Times, Marsh 5, 2009. Read the whole article…

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