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Examining university English entrance exams

This article by Michael Guest discusses what the purpose of English entrance exams should be and suggest some ways to improve them by making them test real world English competence, ability to communicate, a range of language skills, academic ability … Continue reading

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Not guilty as charged: Do the university entrance exams in Japan affect what is taught?

This short academic article by Michael Stout argues that although English entrance exams for university have often been blamed for causing problems with English teaching in Japan, entrance exams these days actually have little negative or positive effect on the … Continue reading

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TOEIC’s popularity on the rise

This article looks at the increasing numbers of people taking the TOEIC test, as it challenges Eiken, at companies that use TOIEC as a measure of English ability, and at universities that support their students in studying for or taking … Continue reading

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Why do English teachers have to be native speakers?

In Japan, North -American and British varieties of English, and exams largely based on then such as TOEIC and TOEFL have been the standard for learning English. This article looks at how English teachers from India and the Philippines are … Continue reading

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Thai reforms failing to reach needy

Priority has been given to raising education standards and in particular English language skills. But the push to equip the country with an English-speaking workforce has exposed worrying trends. While demand from urban middle class parents for English-medium schooling for their … Continue reading

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Thai schools urged to boost speaking

The Thai government has embarked on an ambitious nationwide programme to teach English at least once a week in all state schools as part of the new 2012 English Speaking Year project. The initiative is intended to ease Thailand’s entry into the Asean community … Continue reading

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Modern youth almost forget their own language

This article argues that young people in Cambodia who learn English, especially those who go abroad to study, behave badly, speak Khymer (the national language) in ways that are hard for older Cambodians to understand and don’t follow the rules … Continue reading

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