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January 17, 2008

Newsweek Catalogs Eikaiwa Industry Woes

Newsweek_Eikaiwa_Japan.jpg At the end of last year the Japanese version of Newsweek ran a cover feature on the problems of the English conversation school business in Japan. The special report by David McNeil quotes students as saying that Eikaiwa teachers "aren't motivated, and since they are working under short-term contracts, there is no sense of professionalism." Another states that instructors have told him that "They may be native speakers but are poorly trained and unmotivated." Another that "they are not punctual, and some even skip work."

A summary of the article in English appears on the excellent Let's Japan site run by Shawn Thir.

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