Shame over poor English level lies with education ministry

Recently the education ministry announced that it would require high school students to memorize 1,800 words instead of the 1,300 they currently have to remember. As an English teacher here in Japan, I couldn’t help but read this in disgust. This so-called change is just more of the same. It is well known that students in Japan do not need to cram a bunch more words into their heads that they forget soon after a test, but to actually practice speaking and listening in the classroom.  Japan Times, Jan.20, 2009. Read the whole article…

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