Abolish English entrance exams

Gregory Clark is wrong about the possible solutions to Japan’s English problem. Japanese university students are usually motivated only for the first three months of study. After that, overwhelmed by the large number of courses covering a hodgepodge of different materials, influenced by the emphasis on club activities, working part time and playing around, and facing the growing realization that all one has to do to graduate is attend at least half the classes and do a minimal amount of work, most students adapt to the environment and lose all motivation for study. This is not their fault, but the fault of those who create and maintain the environment — teachers and administrators. Japan Times, 26 February, 2009. Read more…

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