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October 27, 2004

Kanazawa an English Pioneer

Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri carried an article on English education at elementary schools in Kanazawa. It looked at one school in particular where a Japanese homeroom teacher has helped make the most of a full-time Canadian English teacher hired by the city government. Kanazawa is considered a pioneer of primary English education, being the first city to introduce the subject at all 58 of its public elementary schools in 1996. Doing so was a bold move as it did not have formal approval from the education ministry. This April, the city also became one of the government-approved special deregulation zones, focusing on providing continuity in English education from primary through to secondary grades.
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