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Ginowan junior high school students to depart for U.S. on short-term study abroad program

Students of Ginowan public junior high schools who will participate in a short-term study-abroad program for fiscal 2018 gathered at the office of the Ginowan City Board of Education on July 13. A group of ten students will be sent to Washington D.C. and Seattle in the state of Washington from July 22 to August 17. This year’s program is….Read more

  • July 21, 2018
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 25
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Todai to set basic course on use of private English tests for admission based on in-house recommendations

On July 14, the University of Tokyo (Todai) released the findings of an in-house working group on the use of private English tests for university admission, which will be introduced in standard university entrance examinations from fiscal 2020. As the first option, the working group recommends that scores of privately-administered English tests not be used in admission tests, but at….Read more

  • July 15, 2018
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 28
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EDUCATION > English Language

Six-year secondary schools sending more students overseas

The university admission test reform in fiscal 2020 will perhaps change “inward-looking” Japanese children. This introverted nature has been pointed out by the foreign media since around 2010. Most surveys also highlight that the number of Japanese students studying overseas is either declining or leveling off, though their methods vary. Once more students study English for TOEFL or ELTS, which….Read more

  • July 16, 2018
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Foreign Minister Kono hopes to expand visit to U.S. program for Okinawa students

Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that Foreign Minister Kono said at a meeting of the Lower House Special Committee on Okinawa and Northern Territories on Monday that his ministry is hoping to upgrade and expand the “Think of Okinawa’s Future in the United States” (TOFU) program, under which high school and college students from Okinawa visit the United States to exchange views….Read more

  • July 11, 2018
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Private-sector test results to account for 20% of national university English entrance exam scores

The Japan Association of National Universities (JANU) has adopted its new English proficiency benchmarks for entry into state-run universities, which now measure English speaking and writing skills, giving high school students a better grasp of the language before entering college.

  • June 13, 2018
  • , The Japan Times
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

National university association recommends at least 20% of overall English scores come from private English tests

The Japan Association of National Universities came up with examples of how to use privately developed English tests, which will be introduced in standard university entrance examinations from fiscal 2020, and recommended that at least 20% of overall English scores come from private English tests. It will present these proposals for endorsement to a general assembly to be held on….Read more

  • June 12, 2018
  • , Mainichi , p. 27
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Todai changes course, mulls private English tests for entrance exam

The University of Tokyo said on April 27 that it is considering using private-sector English tests to assess examinees’ academic performance in the standardized university entrance exam program, which will be put in place from fiscal 2020. The announcement highlighted a de facto sea change. In March the school said it would not use private English tests for the entrance….Read more

  • April 28, 2018
  • , Nikkei , p. 38
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Trial starts for potential new English test for national achievement exam

TOKYO — The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology began on May 1 a preliminary trial of a four-part English test it intends to add to the national achievement exam in fiscal 2019.   Approximately 40 third-year students at Tsunoga Junior High School in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, tackled questions related to reading, writing, listening and speaking, on day….Read more

  • May 1, 2018
  • , The Mainichi
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EDUCATION > English Language

Expert concerned about private-sector English tests, urges gov’t to reconsider

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan is proceeding with the design of a new system for its 2020 university admission reforms, with the National Center for University Entrance Examinations (NCUEE) releasing results of pretests of a standardized entrance exam and the Japan Association of National Universities (JANU) issuing guidelines for how it will utilize….Read more

  • April 16, 2018
  • , Nikkei , p. 14
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EDUCATION > English Language

Universities developing original tests to assess English speaking skills

Universities in Japan are beginning to work on developing original tests to assess students’ English speaking skills amid a controversy over the introduction of privately-administered English tests for the standardized university entrance exam starting in the 2020 academic year. The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) and the Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing original tests that can be….Read more

  • April 11, 2018
  • , Nikkei , p. 29
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