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October 21, 2003

Re-Training Underway

Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri carried an article on Japanese teachers of English who recently took re-training programs. The report focused on programs in Kobe, Sendai and Osaka, part of the government-mandated training that must be undertaken by all 60,000 public school English teachers by 2007. Speakers taking part included such luminaries as Prof. Kensaku Yoshida of Sophia University and Prof. Minoru Wada of Meikai University. Teachers were able to learn about the latest teaching methods, create networks with peers, and improve their own English skills. Some programs also encouraged the participation of non-Japanese ALTs. While some teachers who lack confidence are expected to try to avoid the programs, many participants reacted very favorably to them and called for follow-up sessions.
Daily Yomiuri article | Kensaku Yoshida interview

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