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September 23, 2003

Japan's "ESL Travesty"

If you didn't already know that "ESL" (sic) education in Japan is a complete, scandalous shambles or if you just want to hear someone go over the same old ground, Japan Today ran such a piece yesterday. Written by 23-year Japan veteran Lawrence Klepinger, the article trots out the usual TOEFL statistics and pins the blame firmly on the "Inept ESL coordinators," "Under-qualified teachers," and "Unethical foreign teachers." He does offer some solutions to the problem, such as police checks and the hiring of "foreign staff with specific management skills and training." All sure to generate plenty of comments, opinions and arguments. But shouldn't an "expert" know the difference betwen ESL and EFL? Japan Today.

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