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February 24, 2005

The Trouble With ALTs

The 14th installment in the Daily Yomiuri's "In Pursuit of English" looked at ALT's in the nation's public school system. It seems there are problems inherent in using private companies that dispatch native English-speaking teachers to schools. One issue is whether to continue using the same company, at the same rates, when "fierce competition among companies" can mean lower rates. The article looked at some of the problems that schools have had with teachers, from tardiness to suddenly leaving the country or changing to a different company. While many municialities are having to cut costs, they are equally concerned with maintaining standards. Some ask that teachers give model lessons before choosing a company, and insist that the same teachers be provided.
ALT firms questioned over quality

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