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May 06, 2004

Teach English Holisticly

Heizo Nakajima, a Gakushuin University professor and former president of the English Linguistics Society of Japan, wrote recently to The Asahi Shimbun on the topic of teaching English to young children. He discusses the different factors he feels must be taken into consideration before formally introducing English into the primary school curriculum. He emphasizes the need to avoid placing too heavy a burden on young students, and suggests focusing only on oral and aural aspects of the language. He also hopes English will be taught in a holistic way and not simply become another compulsory entrance exam subject.
Teach elementary kids English in a holistic way

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