EDUCATION > English Language

  • BOXES
  • LIST

EDUCATION > English Language

Modify instruction to improve English skills

LOS ANGELES – The hand-wringing in the wake of the disappointing results of the survey of 12,850 public junior high and high school students about English education is understandable. Despite earnest efforts by teachers to meet the goals established by the education ministry, only 36.1 percent of third-year junior high school students scored at Grade 3 or higher on the….Read more

  • April 10, 2017
  • , The Japan Times
  • English Press

EDUCATION > English Language

Japan’s latest English-proficiency scores disappoint

The government’s plan to improve the English proficiency of students has yielded dismal results, according to the education ministry’s latest survey of junior high and high school students.

  • April 6, 2017
  • , The Japan Times
  • English Press

EDUCATION > English Language

Japanese students’ English proficiency remains far below government targets

Yomiuri front-paged an announcement by the Education Ministry on Wednesday of the results of its fiscal 2016 survey of the English proficiency of students at public junior high and high schools across Japan. The survey showed that the proportion of third-year junior high school students with English skills equivalent to Grade 3 in the Eiken English proficiency test or higher….Read more

  • April 6, 2017
  • , Yomiuri
  • JMH Summary

EDUCATION > English Language

English skills help teaching applicants

Half of the 68 boards of education nationwide favored applicants with good English skills in the hiring process for public elementary school teachers this past academic year, according to a government survey.     According to the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, 34 boards said they favored applicants who were proficient in English, based on results in assessments….Read more

  • March 27, 2017
  • , The Japan News , 5:53 a.m.
  • English Press

EDUCATION > English Language

Tokyo to build English-language immersion facility for kids in 2018

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday it will open a language immersion facility in Koto Ward in September 2018 to raise the English proficiency of children ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

  • March 23, 2017
  • , The Japan Times
  • English Press

EDUCATION > Educational Reform

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
  • English Press

EDUCATION > English Language

Economic inequalities influence children’s English language ability

Currently, English is categorized as part of “foreign language learning activities” [in Japan’s elementary school curriculum], and school children learn English through songs and games. From 2020, however, English will become an official subject for fifth and sixth graders. According to a dispatcher of assistant language teachers to elementary schools, disparities are already appearing in children’s academic abilities. “There is….Read more

  • February 17, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 30
  • JMH Translation

EDUCATION > English Language

Japanese students to begin English lessons in third grade

TOKYO — Students in Japanese elementary schools will start learning English in third grade, two years sooner than now, under a proposal announced Tuesday by the education ministry.   From fiscal 2020, third graders will initially acquaint themselves with the language through listening and speaking as fifth graders currently do. Fifth and sixth graders will learn to read and write….Read more

  • February 15, 2017
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 6:00 a.m.
  • English Press

EDUCATION > English Language

English education, territorial claims in spotlight in new guidelines

TOKYO, Feb. 14, Kyodo — Japanese elementary schools will start English education earlier and elementary and junior high schools are told to teach in classes that two disputed island groups are Japanese territory under new curriculum guidelines, the education ministry said Tuesday.   It is the first time that the ministry decided to state in the legally binding guidelines that….Read more

EDUCATION > English Language

U.S. Embassy supports English teachers through training programs

The Education Ministry’s current curriculum guidelines already stress developing students’ English-language skills in a balanced way across the four basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The next set of guidelines will make English an official subject in the elementary school curriculum and will call for junior high school English classes to be taught in English. English is….Read more

  • January 23, 2017
  • , Nihon Kyoiku Shimbun , p. 6
  • JMH Translation
  • Ambassador
  • Ukraine
  • OPINION POLLS
  • COVID-19
  • Trending Japan