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September 01, 2006

English as a Compulsory Subject: The Debate Continues

Should English language education be mandatory at public schools? The debate continues, and recent statistics show opinions remain as divided as ever. According to a recent Kyodo news article, out of 471 people who expressed their opinion on the subject earleir in the year 55% favored the proposal, 40% were against it, and presumably, the remainder had no strong opinion either way. Reasons for the proposal included the idea that language studies would help young Japanese students with their English and even Japanese abilities. One reason against the proposal was that Japanese primary teachers don't have enough experience teaching English.

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