Tag Archives: ‘Non-native speaker’ English

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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Make English a true multicultural language

This article  by Nobuyuki Honma, a professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, argues that the teaching of English in Japan as a multicultural language needs to recognize not just the globalization of English, but also its localization, the process whereby English … Continue reading

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Make English a true multicultural language

On Aug. 15, 1808, the HMS Phaeton entered Japan’s southwestern territory without permission and unconditionally demanded food, fuel and water. The British warship was allowed to stay for three days before leaving Nagasaki, mainly due to the Japanese official translators … Continue reading

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Nissan pushes for foreign executive majority by 2016

Nissan Motor Co plans to fill the majority of its top-ranking posts with non-Japanese by the end of fiscal 2016, according to sources. Non-Japanese officials, such as directors and presidents of overseas units, currently account for 44 people of Nissan’s … Continue reading

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Teaching by West Bengal’s new book

Inspired by communicative language-teaching methods, a group of teachers in West Bengal are writing a coursebook that they hope will bring English alive in classrooms. The textbook teaches the variety of English spoken locally rather than standard British English and … Continue reading

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Chinese whispers as lingua franca

China’s economic power is changing attitudes to Mandarin in southeast Asia, but while the number of learners is growing, English retains its dominance in the region, for now, reports John Aglionby. This article looks at some of the reasons for … Continue reading

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POINT OF VIEW/ Kumiko Torikai: Japan needs new paradigm of English education

This is an interview with Kumiko Torikai, a Rikkyo University professor and former professional simultaneous translator who teaches English language courses on radio and television. In the interview, she discusses the balance between a focus on grammar and communication in English … Continue reading

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