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“Meaningless battle” unfolding at Tokyo assembly over Koike’s English-speaking skills test

By the Gendai Business Editorial Desk   Japan ranks 78th in English proficiency, below South Korea   It has been officially decided that an English-speaking skills test will be used in the entrance exams for Tokyo metropolitan high schools next year. The aim is to develop students’ “practical English skills.”   The test is scheduled to be administered by Benesse….Read more

  • October 1, 2022
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Japan public elementary school offers rare English-immersion program

NAGOYA – An elementary school in a central Japan city has been offering an English-immersion program, a rare move for a public elementary school.   With the exception of international schools and private schools that offer lessons in English, the use of the language is limited at Japanese public elementary schools. Many schools start teaching English from third grade, and English classes became mandatory for….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 9:34 a.m.
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Consulate-General Naha and Okinawa board of education sign agreement for English Language Fellow program

By Kanamori Ayaka   The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education and the U.S. Consulate-General Naha held a signing ceremony for the English Language Fellow (ELF) program on Aug. 8. Board Superintendent Hanmine Mitsuru and Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Nicole Lima Nucelli attended the event.   Under the ELF program, an English-language education specialist will be sent to the prefectural board….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 16
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Japanese students apparently steer clear of America due to TOEFL

Toyo Keizai Online reprinted a research paper published in mid-June by Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute delving into the continued decline in the number of Japanese students studying in the United States over the past two decades, focusing on the extremely sharp drop between FY2007 and FY2010. The number of Japanese students in the United States plummeted from 34,000 to 21,300….Read more

  • July 18, 2022
  • , Shukan Toyo Keizai
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EDUCATION > English Language

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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EDUCATION > English Language

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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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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