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April 27, 2004

More Pilot Schools Announced

The education ministry has announced the 2004 batch of pilot schools for the study of curriculum reform. 88 schools from 35 prefectures applied to the ministry, of which 20 were chosen. Of those, 6 based their proposals around reform of English education. For example, Terazu Elementary/Junior High School in Aichi Prefecture plans to merge grades 1 through 9 into one school and introduce a new subject, "ABC", based around English conversation. Other schools have proposed using English-based classes that incorporate songs, rhythmic movement and drama. A full report and details of schools is available from the ministry site (in Japanese).
MEXT Web site (Japanese)

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