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February 09, 2009

50% of elementary schools still uneasy about the introduction of English

According to a survey by Obunsha, 52.5% of elementary schools are still uneasy about the introduction of English into public elementary schools in 2011. By comparison, only 22% of local boards of education feel uneasy about this.

Another result of the survey is that an increasing number of 5th and 6th graders already have English activities at school, so elementary schools are clearly preparing for 2011. However, over 70% of schools feel that there is is a lack of communication both with other elementary schools and with junior high schools, and that systems of communication need to be improved.

The full results of the survey (in Japanese) can be seen at the Obunsha web site.

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