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A response to Kumiko Torikai’s Asahi News interview

Kumiko Torikai’s interview with the Asahi newspaper regarding a ‘new English education paradigm’ has generated a fair bit of discussion. Today, I offer my two cents (Oops! Sorry for the American colloquialism!)…  ELT News.com, 11 April, 2011.

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Interview with Kumiko Torikai – Part 3

Kumiko Torikai, Ph.D. is a professor and founding dean at the Graduate School of Intercultural Communication, at Rikkyo University, in Tokyo and a visiting professor at Kanda University of Foreign Studies. She is a lecturer/supervisor of the NHK multimedia program English through the News. … Continue reading

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Interview with Kumiko Torikai – Parts 1-2

Kumiko Torikai, Ph.D. is a professor and founding dean at the Graduate School of Intercultural Communication, at Rikkyo University, in Tokyo and a visiting professor at Kanda University of Foreign Studies. She is a lecturer/supervisor of the NHK multimedia program English through the News. … Continue reading

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Interview with Kumiko Torikai

Kumiko Torikai is the Director of the English Language Program at Rikkyo University and has been a professor at the university since 1997. A graduate of Sophia University and Columbia University, Torikai has over 30 years experience as an interpreter and interviewer. ELT … Continue reading

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Geographies of the Eikaiwa Wonderland

Eikaiwa is a Japanese term that can be translated as “the activity of English conversation.” It is often used metonymically to mean an organization that teaches conversational English, particularly one of the big private English conversation schools. In Japan there are … Continue reading

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English language education in Japan

English language education in Japan began as early as 1600 with the initial contacts between the Japanese and Europeans. The for-profit markethas experienced a crisis of confidence in recent years following the bankruptcies of the major Nova and GEOS brands. Almost all students graduating high school in Japan have had … Continue reading

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Japanese Textbook Pollution: A disastrous ELT affiction

In the world of English language teaching (ELT) in Japan today we are witnessing a peculiar phenomenon, what I can only call “textbook pollution”, and it is to my shock and dismay rapidly undermining the whole basis and quality of ELT in Japan. … Continue reading

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