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What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair…

October 30, 2014

Am a bit too busy with work right now to do much blog research, but found this and think it’s worth posting. So many issues, lol! Now I’m thinking, “I should go to Japan! I can help fix this!” 🙂 Interesting and quick read for people who deal with language learning issues, ESL or other.

SoraNews24

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When you speak to foreign English educators in Japan, one thing becomes crystal clear: English education in Japan isn’t working. It’s just awful. While English classes are mandatory in Japanese schools, the percentage of students who emerge with actual English abilities are surprisingly low. Students in China, Korea and Japan are in an arms race to see who can produce students with the best English, and Japan seems to be trailing far behind in third place.

With the Olympic Games coming up in 2020, the Japanese government has proposed changes to increase the level of English ability in their students. Changes like starting introductory English classes in 3rd grade elementary school and making the subject compulsory from the 5th grade. Are these changes really going to help? We’ve gathered opinions from both foreign teachers and Japanese citizens about issues with the system and what might improve it.

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