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November 24, 2005

Keeping Students on Same English Track

Tuesday's Daily Yomiuri ran a feature on the English program at schools in the city of Tokai, Aichi Prefecture. With Aichi seeing the recent opening of an international airport and hosting the World Expo, Tokai officials decided to implement a comprehensive early English education program two years ago. English was introduced to the curriculum at all elementary schools as part of the "sogoteki na gakshuu no jikan" (general studies), and students have 20 class hours per year. The municipal government has been encouraging collaboration between elementary and junior high schools and has developed comprehensive curriculums that cover elementary and junior high schools in the same catchment area. So students enter a new school having covered the same ground. The article focused on Yokosuka Middle School, which uses its general studies classes to help students improve their English communication skills and learn about world cultures.
Middle schools make connection in English (link will expire)
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