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July 08, 2005

Seminars a Survival Tool for English Teachers

An article in the Japan Times last month seemed to slip through our net, but is still available online. It looked at the popularity of seminars for English teachers in Japan seeking to improve their skills and qualifications. The article cites a rapid decline in the popularity of English learning, saying this is the main reason for an increasing number of teachers "fearing for their livelihoods." The seminar featured in the article was the regular one-day "Certificate in Teaching Japanese Students," run by the 7000-member English Teachers in Japan (ETJ). Presenters David Paul, Rob Waring, Maurice Jamall and Tim Murphy all gave their comments on the current state of ELT in Japan, the declining fashionability of studying English, and the move away from teaching adults to teaching more and more young students.
Seminars help teachers survive tough times
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