Look overseas to address Japan’s lag in English ability

Japanese study English for six years in high school and at least another two years upon entering college, and yet most cannot use it for communication in contrast to most other countries around the world where English is not the native language and where it is taught as a foreign language. This ‘letter’ to the Japanese Ministry of Education, by Najma Janjua argues that there is too much use of Japanese in textbooks and by English teachers and so Japanese students do not become accustomed to English or develop the ability to communicate well. Japan Times, March 31, 2009. Read the whole article…

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