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December 29, 2008

High school classes to be taught in English

The Ministry of Education has proposed radical changes to High school English classes that will be implemented from 2013. The biggest change is that almost all classes will be conducted in English. Another important change is that the amount of vocabulary will be increased by about 40% to about 1800 words which is similar to the amount learned in Korean and Chinese high schools.

Some teachers are concerned that it will be too difficult for students to follow classes that are conducted in English. Others feel that Japanese is necessary to teach grammar and prepare students for university entrance exams. The government has said that Japanese will be allowed in classes for some purposes, but the amount is unclear. Debate over this issue is likely to continue for some time.

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