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Editorial: Place priority on reducing anxiety of people taking private-sector tests

When private-sector English-language tests are utilized in university entrance examinations, it is necessary to seek a reduction in the burden and anxiety of examinees.   Private-sector English tests will be introduced into a standardized university entrance exam that will start in fiscal 2020. The tests certified for that purpose have been announced.   After review work by experts, the National….Read more

  • March 27, 2018
  • , The Japan News , 7:38 p.m.
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Editorial: System of private English tests for university entrance on rocky path

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is set to implement new standardized entrance exams in 2020 in place of the National Center Test for University Admissions, which will include privately administered English tests. The ministry has authorized eight tests run by seven organizations, including the Test in Practical English Proficiency (Eiken) and Test of English as a….Read more

  • March 27, 2018
  • , The Mainichi
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Geographical disparity in opportunities to take external English tests

[The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has decided to use selected private English tests in its new unified admission exam (daigaku nyugaku kyotsu test).] What most concerns high schools and guardians with test takers about this is the disparity in opportunity to take the external tests based on household income and place of residence.   According….Read more

  • March 27, 2018
  • , Mainichi , p. 3
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External English tests planned for univ. entrance

Seven private-sector providers of English tests have been chosen to assess the language proficiencies of university entrance exam takers in Japan, starting in 2021.   The National Center for University Entrance Examinations announced the decision on Monday. The providers include the Japanese “Eiken” Test in Practical English Proficiency, and “TOEIC.” The move is based on the education ministry’s plan to….Read more

  • March 26, 2018
  • , NHK
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Multiple private English exams approved for screening college applicants

All papers reported that the National Center for University Entrance Examinations approved multiple English proficiency tests to be used by public universities to judge applicants’ command of the language. The approved exams include TOEFL iBT; TOEIC L&R, S&W; GTEC; GTEC CBT; TEAP; TEAP CBT; STEP; IELTS, and Cambridge Assessment English.  Although the Japan Association of National Universities has decided to….Read more

  • March 27, 2018
  • , All national papers
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Native speakers in demand as Japanese schools step up English lessons

More and more elementary school teachers in Japan are turning to English language schools with native speakers as they seek to gain confidence teaching the language before it is formally added to their school curriculums in the academic year starting in April 2020.   Many teachers admit to lacking confidence in their English in everything from vocabulary to grammar, expressiveness….Read more

  • March 7, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 4:35 p.m.
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Ambitious curriculum guidelines

The draft version of new curriculum guidelines for elementary and junior high schools unveiled by the education ministry calls for improved teaching in each school subject so that students will acquire the habit of in-depth learning through proactive efforts and dialogue. It also calls for upgrading English to an official subject for fifth- and sixth-graders, and making computer programing a….Read more

  • February 25, 2017
  • , The Japan Times
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Japan sees sharp rise in number of foreign nursing care students

Japan’s nursing care schools have seen a marked increase in foreign student numbers following a legal amendment making it easier for prospective caregivers to acquire resident status in the rapidly graying country.   The surge in foreign students training to become caregivers is a boon for schools in Japan, which faces a serious labor shortage in its nursing care sector,….Read more

  • January 16, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 12:15
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Monthly financial aid to students set at 20,000 to 40,000 yen: Gov’t draft

The overall picture of the government’s draft of a scholarship program that does not require repayment has been announced. A monthly stipend of 20,000 yen, 30,000 yen, or 40,000 yen will be granted to 20,000 students per grade from low-income households exempted from the residential tax. The amount will be determined based on such factors as whether they go to….Read more

  • December 18, 2016
  • , Asahi , Lead story
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50% of teachers opposed to English as formal subject in elementary school, Mainichi survey

With the next revision of the government guidelines for school teaching,* English will become a formal subject for fifth and sixth graders at elementary schools from the 2020 academic year. In its questionnaire survey of 100 elementary school teachers in charge of fifth or sixth grade, the Mainichi Shimbun found that almost half were opposed to making English a formal….Read more

  • September 18, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 31
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