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February 14, 2003

TOEFL Requirement for Kyoto Teachers

The Kyoto Municipal Board of Education announced this week plans to incorporate the TOEFL test into its teacher training. Over the next three school years, a total of 330 English teachers at its public junior and senior high schools and schools for the handicapped will have to take the test. They will then take the test again in 2006. While the education ministry, in its July 2002 "Japanese Who Can Use English" plan, set a target score of 550 points, Kyoto hopes just that teachers will show an improvement over the two tests. They also aim for the teacher trainees' university lectures and group training to be carried out completely in English.

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