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March 18, 2003

Govt. Reveals English Plan

Yesterday the Education, Science and Technology Ministry announced its five-year plan to improve the nation's English skills. Goals include: teaching most secondary education English-language classes in English; the reduction of class sizes; an annual target of 10,000 students taking part in overseas exchange programs; the establishment of regional so-called "Super English High Schools;" providing special teaching licenses to non-teachers proficient in English; and creating English Web sites to introduce Japanese schools. The various measures were based on a strategic plan proposed by the ministry last year. On a related note, the ministry's curriculum guidelines for English can be read here.

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