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June 29, 2005

Osaka Creates Teacher's Guide, DVD

Also in yesterday's Yomiuri was an article on a DVD created by the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education to help primary school teachers who are unsure how to integrate English into their curriculum. The BoE made 1,000 copies of the 82-minute DVD, containing scenes of classes conducted at two schools considered successful pioneers of English education, as well as an accompanying teacher's guide. They were distributed to about 730 public schools in the prefecture. On a par with the national average, about 90% of public elementary schools in the region now teach English. But as English is taught only as part of "sogo gakushu" (comprehensive studies), there are no official textbooks or guidelines for how to teach the subject. "The key to keeping students interested in English lessons over an extended period," the guide says, "is to be flexible in responding to your students' and your school's changing circumstances and not to try too hard in organizing classes."
DVD used to guide primary school teachers
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