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Commentary: Japan going the wrong way in English-education reform

KIZUGAWA, KYOTO PREF. – Beginning in the 2020 academic year, which starts this April, teaching of English will become mandatory at elementary schools. Pupils in the third and fourth grades will go through “foreign language activities” for 35 hours per year, or one or two classes a week, to learn the basics of English language. Fifth- and sixth-graders will study the….Read more

  • January 21, 2020
  • , The Japan Times
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EDUCATION > English Language

Outsourcing of English tests stirs up storm in education

When speaking last month about a plan to introduce private-sector English testing for university entrance exams, education minister Koichi Hagiuda created an outcry when he said students should compete for entry “in accordance with their (financial) standing,” implying they should compete financially.

  • November 17, 2019
  • , The Japan Times
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EDUCATION > English Language

Japan ranks 53rd in English skills: survey

London, Nov. 9 (Jiji Press)–Japanese people’s English proficiency level ranked 53rd in an annual survey of 100 non-English speaking countries and regions by EF Education First, down from 49th place in the 2018 survey.     The grim status was highlighted at a time when teachers and others involved in English education in Japan were shaken by the government’s recent decision to postpone the introduction of….Read more

  • November 9, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 2:59 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Editorial: Don’t freeze English education reform

The government last week announced it was putting off the planned introduction of private-sector English proficiency tests as part of standardized university entrance exams next April after the new system was criticized for many problems regarding access to testing locations and higher examination fees.   The current English-language component of the standardized entrance exams only assesses reading and listening comprehension. By using….Read more

  • November 8, 2019
  • , The Japan Times
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EDUCATION > English Language

Why Japan’s English education is a fiasco

BANGKOK – Researchers from more than 80 think tanks in Asia and rest of the world gathered in Bangkok this week. The event was called “Asia-Pacific Think Tank Summit” with the subtitle “Managing Transitions, Trade and Turmoil: The Role of Think Tanks.” It was co-organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), headquartered in….Read more

  • November 11, 2019
  • , The Japan Times
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Abe vows to address English-test inequalities

Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday the government will consider measures to address inequalities in opportunities to take private-sector English tests under a new unified university entrance examination system. At a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting, Abe said the government will develop a system that does not cause regional or economic inequalities, after it….Read more

  • November 6, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 9:46 p.m.
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EDUCATION > English Language

Editorial: Ministry’s blunder on English tests drives exam-takers from pillar to post

A last-minute policy reversal is extremely rare. The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry bears grave responsibility for driving university entrance examinees from pillar to post.   The use of private-sector English tests for a unified university entrance examination system, which will be launched in the 2020 school year, has been deferred. Education minister Koichi Hagiuda apologized, saying, “The….Read more

  • November 2, 2019
  • , The Japan News , 7:27 p.m.
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EDUCATION > English Language

Introduction of private English tests for Japan univ. entrance to be postponed: minister

TOKYO — The introduction of private English tests for university entrance exams will be postponed, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has decided.   The scheme was to be adopted starting with the 2020 academic year.   This comes on the heels of a remark made by education minister Koichi Hagiuda on a television program Oct. 24,….Read more

  • November 1, 2019
  • , The Mainichi
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Ministry says 70% of universities will use private English tests for admissions

On Oct. 25, the education ministry released on its special website the final number of universities and colleges which will use privately administered English tests, set to be introduced in standard university entrance examinations from fiscal 2020, for university admissions. According to the ministry, 629 universities and colleges, or 60% of the total, will use the new standardized university admission….Read more

  • October 26, 2019
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