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September 15, 2004

English Teachers to be Dispatched to Model Districts

The Ministry of Education next fiscal year will send native English speakers to public elementary schools in designated areas to teach English classes as well as extend financial aid to develop teaching tools for the lessons and train Japanese teachers, government sources said. The ministry requested about ¥218 million in next fiscal year's budget for the initiative, which the sources said is designed to help elementary school children acquire "a working knowledge of English." It will ask each prefectural government to designate one model area.

The ministry will dispatch native English speakers to schools in the model districts, typically those who have visited Japan as assistant language teachers under the government's Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.

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