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September 20, 2009

The number of students learning English at the large language schools continues to decline


According to a report by the Yano Research Institute reported in the Japan Times, the number of students learning English at language schools in Japan dropped 5.2% in 2008-2009 compared with the previous year. This is the fourth straight year that the number has decline. The biggest declines were in the number of adults learning English, which fell by 9.1 %, and in the number who were learning as a hobby or for general educational reasons, which fell by 17.3%.

It is not all bad news. The number of pre-school students learning English increased by 8.4% and the market for language schools or outsourcing companies to dispatch teachers to private and public schools (pre-schools, elementary schools etc...) increased by 11.1%.

The number of small language schools and independent non-Japanese teachers has also been increasing very fast. Some of these students may not be included in the latest figures.

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