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No local lingo please: City in Japan holding English boot camps to build kids’ confidence

MUNAKATA, Fukuoka — The southwest Japan city of Munakata is holding “English camps” where the city’s fourth graders spend an entire day only speaking English with foreign teachers in a bid to build up children’s confidence that they can make themselves understood in the foreign language.   The municipal government in Fukuoka Prefecture launched the program in the 2019 academic….Read more

  • June 23, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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U.S. Embassy, Consulate to offer English language study scholarship for Okinawa high school students

Monday’s Okinawa Times wrote that the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S. Consulate General in Naha will launch a two-year English language study scholarship program for high school students in Okinawa this year. The paper said this will be the first scholarship program established by the Embassy. The Embassy is planning to provide scholarships to about 25 to 40….Read more

  • June 6, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times
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EDUCATION > English Language

Japanese students’ English proficiency improving: gov’t

Tokyo, May 18 (Jiji Press)–The English proficiency of students in Japanese public junior and senior high schools is steadily improving, an education ministry survey showed Wednesday.     The proportion of third-year junior high school students with English proficiency equivalent to A1 or higher under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), an international standard for grading language ability,….Read more

  • May 18, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 5:37 p.m.
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A study on the effectiveness of short-term university study abroad programs on the future of students 

By Kato Maki; professor at Nagoya University Center for the Studies of Higher Education, and Kashima Ryohei; doctoral student at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Economics    Study abroad programs are popular among Japanese university students. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of students who went overseas to study increased steadily. According to surveys conducted by the Japan Student Services….Read more

  • January 29, 2022
  • , Toyo Keizai , pp. 90-91
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What’s next for English-language education in Japan?

BY TOMOHIRO OSAKI, STAFF WRITER   Across the country, university hopefuls are now gearing up for the standardized entrance exam that will greatly impact their post-secondary options.   Recent years have seen policymakers try to revamp the test, run by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations, from the ground up in order to respond to the needs of the….Read more

  • January 4, 2022
  • , The Japan Times
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Teach toddlers English: Japan educator campaigns for early start

MANABU KAME, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — In an increasingly globalized society, the ability to speak English is key to unlocking educational and professional opportunities and making a mark on the international stage.   Yet few in Japan are proficient in the language, despite taking roughly a decade’s worth of English classes. For Akira Murata, whose Kitami Gakuen company….Read more

  • August 29, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 2:54 a.m.
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Japan seeks ways to boost students’ English speaking-writing skills after abandoning private sector tests

The Japanese government officially abandoned its plan to introduce private-sector English tests to measure “speaking and writing” ability in university entrance exams. The plan to revise entrance exams reached an impasse after eight years of discussion, and an alternate plan to boost English skills is a pressing need. Training English teachers and utilizing teaching assistants who can teach in English….Read more

  • August 3, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Editorial: Entrance exam reform doomed by failure to listen to test-takers, schools

After many twists and turns in pursuit of a noble ideal, attempts to reform the university entrance exam system have floundered, unable to resolve certain practical problems.   Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Koichi Hagiuda has officially announced that plans have been dropped for the introduction of open-ended questions and private-sector English tests on the Common Test for….Read more

  • August 2, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 2:07 p.m.
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Panel urges scrapping private English tests plan for unified exams

Tokyo, July 8 (Jiji Press)–An expert panel of Japan’s education ministry proposed Thursday to scrap the planned introduction of private-sector English tests and open-ended questions for annual unified university entrance examinations.   The panel also advised that the ministry, instead, promote the adoption of such tests and questions by universities for their own entrance exams.   Receiving the recommendation, education….Read more

  • July 8, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:06 p.m.
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Panel negative about private English tests for unified exam

Tokyo, June 22 (Jiji Press)–An expert panel set up by Japan’s education ministry said Tuesday it is difficult to introduce private-sector English tests and open-ended questions for the country’s unified university entrance examination.   In its draft recommendations, the panel called on universities to promote the use of private-sector English tests for their own entrance exams to assess test takers’….Read more

  • June 22, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 7:17 p.m.
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