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Editorial: Concerns linger over English tests for university admission system

The education ministry should swiftly respond to urgent concerns among high school students and teachers about its plan to introduce private-sector English language tests as part of a new standardized university admission exam program starting in fiscal 2020.   The National Association of Upper Secondary School Principals has urged the ministry to take steps to “dispel anxiety” about the plan….Read more

  • July 30, 2019
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 12:50 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

TOEIC drops out of Japan’s new university entrance exam

TOKYO — The Japanese operator of TOEIC said Tuesday it will not provide its English proficiency test as part of the country’s standardized university entrance exam system due to start next April, because the process is too complicated.   Seven other tests offered by private-sector operators are still scheduled to be part of the new system.   But the withdrawal….Read more

  • July 2, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 3:29 p.m.
  • English Press

EDUCATION > English Language

47% of those aged 17–19 say English education at school is “useful,” Nippon Foundation poll

The Nippon Foundation conducted a nationwide poll in April and May of 1,000 men and women age 17–19, asking them “Do you think English education in school is useful?” A total of 47.2% said either it is “very useful” or “useful.”   The most frequently given reason why English education at school is not useful was “I still cannot speak….Read more

  • June 24, 2019
  • , Nikkei , p. 16
  • JMH Translation

EDUCATION > English Language

Petition against new entrance exams

Experts on English education and university entrance exams plan to file a petition in the Diet urging the government to abandon plans for new standardized entrance exams, which will be introduced in 2021.   The new system is intended to replace the National Center Test for University Admissions. It will include English tests produced and administered by the private sector.….Read more

  • June 18, 2019
  • , NHK WORLD
  • English Press

EDUCATION > English Language

Learning from overseas universities and companies

The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education has decided to establish a network with universities and companies in Japan and overseas to nurture global human resources. The network is aimed at developing an environment where Tokyo middle and high school students can take classes taught by visiting teachers in Japan and from overseas. Students will also visit universities’ research institutes to….Read more

  • April 19, 2019
  • , Nikkei , p. 13
  • JMH Translation

EDUCATION > English Language

Students in Japan fall short of state-set English skill goals

Tokyo, April 16 (Jiji Press) — Third-year students in junior and senior high schools in Japan failed to meet respective state-set goals for English skills, an education ministry survey showed Tuesday. The survey in fiscal 2018, which ended in March, found that 42.6 pct of third-year students in junior high schools were rated A1 or higher grades by the Common….Read more

  • April 16, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 1:14 p.m.
  • English Press

EDUCATION > English Language

Japan approves 1st English textbooks for primary school kids

Tokyo, March 26 (Jiji Press) — The Japanese government said Tuesday that it has approved the first batch of English textbooks to be used at elementary schools in the country, from fiscal 2020. The English textbooks were the first to undergo the government’s quadrennial textbook-screening process. The textbooks are designed to allow fifth- and sixth-graders to learn a total of….Read more

  • March 26, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 8:28 p.m.
  • English Press

EDUCATION > Educational Reform

72 national universities will use private-sector English tests

English tests developed by commercial testing companies will be introduced in the “Common Test for University Admissions” from fiscal 2020. On March 13, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) announced that 72 of Japan’s 82 national universities have decided to use the private tests in some way. Hokkaido University and Tohoku University have decided not to….Read more

  • March 14, 2019
  • , Nikkei , p. 40
  • JMH Translation

EDUCATION > English Language

12-yr-old Indian’s “forbearance” wins Japan spelling bee contest

TOKYO — A 12-year-old Indian boy earned the title of champion in this year’s spelling bee contest in Japan on Sunday, with his winning word “forbearance.”   Ariya Narayanasamy, from the India International School in Japan, beat 39 other contestants aged 7 to 14. He will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington in May.   “I feel….Read more

  • March 12, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 6:48 p.m.
  • English Press

EDUCATION > English Language

National universities divided over use of private English tests

National universities are divided over the use of private English tests set to be introduced as part of a new standardized university entrance examination in the 2020 academic year. As of the end of January, 17 universities including five former Imperial universities have decided to require applicants to have a certain level of English language skills. On the other hand,….Read more

  • February 10, 2019
  • , Asahi , p. 1
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