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July 31, 2002

Schools Turn To Private Sector

English conversation classes are now taught in about 40% of elementary schools as part of the International Understanding segment of the recently introduced "comprehensive lessons". But as many of the Japanese teachers are unsure how to handle the classes, schools are bringing in people from the private sector. Shinagawa Ward in Tokyo has assigned a budget of 10 million yen to pay for ALTs from an employment agency. The Sakai municipal government in Osaka has asked NOVA to provide a curriculum and also teachers to help support ALTs. Publisher ALC Press has also provided teachers in Osaka, and it has been a good way to introduce its own educational materials.

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