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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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Tokyo to open “English village” in Tachikawa in FY22

The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education announced on March 30 that it will build “Tokyo Global Gateway,” an English-language immersion facility, near JR Tachikawa Station in Tachikawa City. The facility is scheduled to open in fiscal 2022. It will be the second English-language immersion facility in Tokyo after the one opened in the Aomi district of Koto Ward in 2018.….Read more

  • March 31, 2021
  • , Yomiuri , p. 27
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Chargé Young discusses study abroad with Japanese children

Chargé d’Affaires Young discussed American culture and study abroad with Japanese school children on independent television broadcaster Tokyo MX’s “Taishikan Bansankai” (Embassy Banquet) program, which aired February 20. The program featured a tour of the Ambassador’s Residence for program producer Nobuyoshi Shirota, during which the pair discussed the new Biden Administration and the strong ties between Japan and the United….Read more

  • February 20, 2021
  • , Tokyo MX
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American, Japanese students engaged in cultural exchange program at Misawa AB

NHK’s Aomori bureau reported online on a cultural and educational exchange program between American and Japanese middle school students that was held at Misawa Air Base on Dec. 6. The network said the event was organized by MOFA and other organizations with the aim of nurturing people who can be active internationally. Fifteen students at a middle school at the….Read more

  • December 7, 2020
  • , Too Nippo , NHK
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Fukuoka Consulate hosts election watch event for students

NHK’s nationwide 7 p.m. news program reported on an election watch event hosted by the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka that was held on Wednesday at Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka. During the event, the students participated in mock voting for the U.S. president. The network quoted Fukuoka Consulate Principal Officer John Taylor as saying that he was pleased to know….Read more

  • November 4, 2020
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei , NHK
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