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July 16, 2002

English Strategy Initiative

Another press report on the education ministry's plans focussed on the criteria for non-native language teachers. They will need to score at least 550 points in TOEFL, 37 points higher than the Japanese average, and a TOEIC score of 730 out of the maximum 990. They will also need to pass the pre-first level STEP test, which requires a vocabulary of 7,500 words and the ability to speak the language in "specialized subjects" as well as hold daily conversation.

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