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English teacher challenges students to plug in to the world

The English-language learning programs in Japan’s public schools have long been criticized for being too focused on rote learning.   But Mio Horio, a 32-year-old English teacher from mountainous Shiga Prefecture, is challenging the nation’s system and nudging her students to think outside the box.   Horio’s teenage students interact with young people worldwide via Skype and are encouraged to….Read more

  • January 28, 2018
  • , The Japan Times
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Surge in private junior highs that will add English to entrance tests

Multiple-choice grammar questions on the English entrance exam last year at Otsuma Nakano Junior High School in Tokyo   (Kazuhiro Nagashima)   Thirteen-year-old Mina Okano entered Jumonji Junior High School in Tokyo after passing the English test in her entrance examination, thanks to attending a private elementary school that focused on English education.   “I’m glad that I made the….Read more

  • January 19, 2018
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 18:50
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With approach of Tokyo Olympics, more students speaking in foreign tongues

On the eve of PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Japan is ramping up its preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Games. When walking around Tokyo, you’ll notice construction projects underway for the new National Stadium and other facilities. In addition to urban development, Japan is hoping to make the best use of its young people, especially those with foreign language skills, in hosting….Read more

  • January 19, 2018
  • , Nikkei
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Kono proposes English education program to Okinawa

The Sunday editions of Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on Foreign Minister Kono’s meeting with Okinawa Governor Onaga and local business and municipality leaders in Naha on Saturday, during which Kono proposed his ministry’s new idea of promoting English education for local students. The Think of Okinawa’s Future in USA (TOFU) project, which includes a plan to send a….Read more

  • December 3, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Gov’t to request American schools in Okinawa accept Japanese pupils

The government is considering proposing Japanese students in Okinawa be given allotted places at American schools located in U.S. military bases to improve their English language skills and better prepare them for university, government sources said Friday.   Tokyo is hoping the proposed step will improve the relatively high unemployment rate among Okinawa’s youth and cool long-running tensions between the….Read more

  • November 25, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 02:43:06 JST
  • English Press

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Spoken English tests among entrance exam reforms Japan’s students will face in 2020

Upcoming changes to Japanese university admissions have students, parents and teachers raising their hands to ask questions. May and June saw the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) announce several details of its 2020 university admission reforms.

  • July 5, 2017
  • , The Japan Times
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Japan’s regional universities innovate to survive amid depopulation, Tokyo draw

One day in mid-May, Benjamin Peters, vice president of a university in Miyazaki Prefecture, asked some students in English to explain the differences in thought between Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Hobbes.   The seven students, who had read English books on the philosophers to prepare for their political science class at Miyazaki International College’s School of International Liberal Arts, answered….Read more

  • June 28, 2017
  • , The Japan Times
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English education to start for 3rd graders from FY 2018

TOKYO — Japanese elementary schools will be eligible to start English education in the third grade from fiscal 2018, instead of the fifth grade as now, the education ministry said Friday.   The measure is aimed at realizing a smooth transition to curriculum guidelines that take effect from fiscal 2020, said Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Hirokazu Matsuno.….Read more

  • May 26, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 5:32 p.m.
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Thirty years of JET: countless treasured memories and priceless gaffes

As the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme moves into its fourth decade, The Japan Times asked past and present participants in the project about their most memorable experiences, from the inspiring to the excruciating. Here is a small selection of the responses.   Tim Franklin, Okinawa (2012-15)   There I sat, locked in a stare-off with a very large….Read more

  • May 17, 2017
  • , The Japan Times
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As Japan’s JET Programme hits its 30s, the jury’s still out

They’re coming. The 2,000 young foreign workers making up the 31st wave of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) have received their acceptance letters and are preparing for their arrival in July and August.

  • May 3, 2017
  • , The Japan Times
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