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December 09, 2004

Early English Education Useless?

A Kyodo news story yesterday looked at a study done several years ago that purported to show that starting English education in elementary rather than middle school had no real effect on students' communication ability. The study by a professor at Shizuoka University compared two groups of students, one that started English in an elementary school pilot program, the other beginning in junior high. The study showed that the two groups averaged the same score in a test of their ability to understand English words orally, pronunciation and the number of words they used in a five-minute conversation. The article also includes some quotes from bureaucrats and teachers.
Study showed early English education useless

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