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What’s wrong with the way English is taught in Japan

This article is by Gregory Clark, Vice president of Akita International University where all teaching is done in English. he argues for a complete reform of English education in Japan including focusing English study at university level but also making … Continue reading

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University EFL hiring: garbage in, garbage out

In this “letter to the Minister of Education”, Karmo Tharn , argues that practices in university English departments in Japan are often harmful to the acquisition of English as a foreign language. Over the past decade, rather than making an effort to … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Panel targets English proficiency

A short report about Ministry of Education proposals for foreigners and Japanese teachers with excellent English to be hired as regular school teachers and other measures to improve English education. Japan Times, July 14, 2011. Read the whole article here….

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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 … Continue reading

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Japan far behind in global language of business

This article compares attitudes to and policies for learning and using English in Japan with Korea, and China, looking at issues such as study abroad in English-speaking countries, English classes at elementary school level, English in business, and testing of … Continue reading

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English language education in Japan

An overview of English language education in Japan, looking at its history, the school system, the private (eikawa school) sector, and the JET programme and assistant language teachers, and arguing that English is difficult for Japanese people because of differences … Continue reading

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