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September 01, 2004

The View From Singapore

Singapores's Straits Times reports today on the ineffectiveness of the English education system in Japanese high schools. It looks at how even six years spent learning the language leaves most students unable to communicate, though as one academic points out, "'Six years is in fact misleading. It is actually only 139 hours a year, or less than 3 per cent of students' time in school." It also has a brief overview of recent reforms to the system and the current debate about introducing English into the elementary school curriculum.
High school English has little impact on Japanese

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