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Private sector tests to be used to gauge English proficiency of university applicants

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has drafted a plan to use private sector tests to gauge “speaking” ability in the “aptitude test for university applicants” (tentative name) that will replace the current test administered by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations from School Year 2020.   The current National Center test assesses only “reading”….Read more

  • August 20, 2016
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New curriculums to offer 70 hours of English classes a year for 5th, 6th graders

The education ministry on Aug. 1 presented a summary of discussions regarding an update to the national curriculums for elementary, junior high and high schools, with English to be made an official subject with 70 class hours a year in fifth and sixth grade.   The summary was presented to a special working group of the Central Council for Education,….Read more

  • August 1, 2016
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Is Okinawa really lowest in English proficiency rankings of high school students?

In a national survey released in April by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Science, and Technology (MEXT), Okinawa came last on English proficiency levels of public senior high school students in 47 prefectures. The result was “totally unexpected” for the prefectural education board, as it has been working hard to develop a curriculum with a focus on English….Read more

  • July 16, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 39
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GOJ to ask JET alumni to help introduce Japanese cultural assets

Monday’s Sankei wrote that the GOJ decided on July 17 to ask alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program to help disseminate information about cultural assets in Japan to foreign countries as a measure to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan. The GOJ plans to ask JET alumni to help provide information via the Internet and….Read more

  • July 18, 2016
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American woman in Kumamoto receives letter of appreciation from Ambassador

Nishinippon Shimbun reported this morning that Sara Brown, an American woman working as an assistant language teacher in Kikuchi, Kumamoto, has received a letter of appreciation from Ambassador Kennedy for actively providing information on the Kumamoto earthquakes, including information on shelters and lifelines, in English via social media to foreigners in the prefecture. She expressed hope to continue disseminating information….Read more

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JET alumni create short documentary films on Tohoku reconstruction

This morning’s Nikkei ran an inside-page Kyodo story on short documentary films created by JET alumnus Wesley Julian and other members of the 113 Project and posted online. Julian was visiting Miyagi Prefecture to see his former students on March 11, 2011, when the earthquake and tsunami hit the region. After returning to the U.S., Julian launched a project with….Read more

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English vocabulary books based on movies and manga attract all ages

They say that if you do what you love, you’ll succeed. So, if you want to learn a language, you should start by studying the language through things you love, like movies or manga. Sankei (2/18) wrote that a number of English learning materials based on popular movies, manga, and novels are being published in Japan these days, saying that….Read more

  • February 25, 2015
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Students don’t see English in their future

Despite the government’s continuous efforts to improve English language education in Japan in order to cultivate successful professionals who can thrive in the international arena, a surprising number of young Japanese don’t imagine themselves actually using English in the future. According to NHK (12/12), Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute conducted a survey in March of 6,294 students at junior high….Read more

  • December 17, 2014
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Musashi secondary school supports enrollment in overseas universities

(Nikkei: September 22, 2014 – p. 22) Nezu Educational Foundation (NEF), which operates Musashi High School and Junior High School (for boys), has launched the Musashi-Temple RED [Research, Essay writing and Debate] Program, an extracurricular course for junior and senior high school students who wish to directly enroll in U.S. and European universities from high school. NEF Director Yasuyoshi Uemura….Read more

  • September 22, 2014
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“Go south” to master English!

Ever since the country formally opened up its ports to foreign countries almost 150 years ago, Japanese have been looking to Europe and America to acquire international skills and knowledge, including the English language. Although the preference to “go west” apparently remains deep-seated, some Japanese youths have begun looking to the south, namely the Philippines, to acquire and improve their….Read more

  • July 16, 2014
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