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July 16, 2003

Kagawa Supporting English Teachers

Under a new system introduced this year, Kagawa Prefecture is helping Japanese English teachers boost their communicative skills. Teachers can receive subsidies from the prefectural board of education that cover up to 70% of the tuition fees at English conversation schools, provided they achieve tangible results. The system is based on teachers taking a 3-month course of 4 hours a week, with an estimated cost of ¥200,000. 14 of 20 teachers who applied this year are currently taking such a course. In order to receive the subsidy, they need to achieve the Pre-First Grade (jun-ikkyu) of the STEP Test, a TOEFL score of 550 or a TOEIC score of 730.

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