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May 01, 2003

NPO to Help With EL Teacher Shortage

The Japan Times reports that a new nonprofit organization is planning to create an unofficial accreditation system to help cope with the shortage of people qualified to teach English at elementary schools. Japan-Shogakko Instructors of English (J-Shine) -- set up in February -- said the plan was aimed at teachers at private schools who need education board recognition in order to teach at public elementary schools. The first step, which begins today, is to accredit private institutions as providing qualified English education and training for instructors. "Without the help of trained and qualified English teachers, English education at elementary schools will not work," said J-Shine Chairwoman Okawara. "It is a pressing task to mobilize experienced English teachers at private institutions to teach (elementary school) classes."

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