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February 25, 2004

McEnglish For the Masses

Yesterday's Japan Times ran a feature article on the "McDonaldization" of the English language teaching industry in Japan. In it David McNeill focuses on how ELT in Japan has evolved over the last decade or so, generally for the worse. Describing much of the English taught here as "about as nutritious as a bag of salty fries," he looks at how the decline in standards is spreading from the big eikaiwa chain schools to public schools and even universities. Among the industry experts quoted in the article are ELT News editor Mark McBennett and Dennis Tesolat, vice-chair of the General Union.
McEnglish For the Masses."

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