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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
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EDUCATION > English Language

MEXT council proposes screening English audio materials used in elementary schools

On Jan. 23, the Textbook Authorization and Research Council of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) released a draft of discussion points concerning the inspection of English audio materials for elementary school children when textbooks used in elementary schools are screened in fiscal 2018 and beyond. Since the textbook screening is limited to printed material, MEXT will consider setting….Read more

  • January 24, 2017
  • , Asahi , p. 37
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EDUCATION > English Language

Tokyo Governor Koike aims to double number of assistant language teachers

At her New Year’s interview with the Sankei Shimbun, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike discussed her plan to double the number of assistant language teachers (ALTs) in Tokyo from 200 (fiscal 2016) to 400 in the future. ALTs are assigned to metropolitan high schools under the government-sponsored Japan Exchange Teaching Programme (JET) [which strives to promote grass-roots international exchange between Japan….Read more

  • January 12, 2017
  • , Sankei , p. 2
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EDUCATION > English Language

Japan panel recommends English as regular primary school subject

Tokyo, Dec. 21 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese government panel on Wednesday recommended a drastic review of school subjects under the next curriculum guidelines to be implemented in stages from fiscal 2020, including the adoption of English as a regular subject for elementary school fifth- and sixth-graders. The Central Council for Education at the education ministry also called for introducing activities to….Read more

  • December 21, 2016
  • , Jiji Press , 7:38 p.m.
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EDUCATION > English Language

School teachers learn teaching skills from Juku instructors

A growing number of juku [cram schools] are sharing professional teaching skills with regular school teachers. Juku teachers are not only well-versed in effective methods of teaching students but also in handling parents and guardians. Recently, demand for skill support is increasing for incorporating active learning and other new learning methods in the classroom.   Aeon, which runs English-language schools in Japan, started….Read more

  • September 30, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 27
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EDUCATION > English Language

Expanding scope of “special certificate” to teach English in grade school

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is going to expand the scope of the “special teacher’s certificate” before the introduction of English as part of the formal grade school curriculum in FY2020. The certificate enables persons without a government-issued teacher’s license but with qualifying experience to teach English in elementary schools. Until then, the ministry plans to encourage municipal….Read more

  • September 17, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 19
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EDUCATION > English Language

The need for effective English teachers

The government’s decision to make the study of English mandatory for fifth- and sixth-graders in Japan beginning in 2020 is a step in the right direction. But its success in preparing young people for the world that awaits them largely depends on the skill of the teachers public schools hire.

  • September 10, 2016
  • , The Japan Times
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EDUCATION > English Language

English heads for elementary school in 2020 but hurdles abound

The Japanese school system’s English-teaching regimen will undergo a major revamp in the near future as the government tries to nurture more worldly talent in an age of globalization.

  • September 5, 2016
  • , The Japan Times
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Bring English immersion to Japanese classrooms

A decision by three Japanese companies to band together to launch a new test in March to measure English listening and speaking skills in five business sectors comes as no surprise. For too long, schools in Japan have done a poor job of preparing English-language learners for the real world.

  • August 30, 2016
  • , The Japan Times
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EDUCATION > English Language

Mainichi Shimbun and others to create English proficiency test

The Mainichi Shimbun, Obunsha and Casio Computer announced on Aug. 25 that they have reached a basic agreement on the establishment of an English language proficiency test, which will assess the listening and speaking abilities of phrases often used in daily life and the service industry. The aim is to foster personnel capable of communicating with foreign visitors, which are growing….Read more

  • August 26, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 1
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