Tag Archives: ‘Non-native speaker’ teachers of 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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English in Vietnam: “I am English teach”

This article discusses the difficulties for primary school teachers to develop their English ability in Vietnam where all primary school students must study English but many teachers do not meet the level of English set by the government. The Economist, … 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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Are schools ready for English?

Come April, English classes will become mandatory for fifth- and sixth-graders, but a 29-year-old elementary school teacher in Tokyo has heard the concerns of her overwhelmed colleagues, especially the older ones, who have neither taught the language nor studied it … Continue reading

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Japan looks to India for a better way to learn

At the Little Angels English Academy & International Kindergarten, the textbooks are from India, most of the teachers are South Asian, and classroom posters depict animals out of Indian tales, including dancing elephants in plumed turbans. The kindergarten students even … Continue reading

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Should the JET Programme be axed?

An article by Charles Januzzi, a teacher at Fukui university that argues that the JET programme should not be ended but should changed radically. Rather than supporting the cultural hegemony (power) of Anglophone (‘native’ English-speaking countries) by bringing ‘native’ speakers … Continue reading

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