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January 29, 2010

New Japanese elementary school teachers need to pass English tests

mortarboard.jpeg40% of local boards of education now have a test for prospective public elementary school teachers. Tests for elementary school teachers generally have a written part and a practical part. Of the 27 boards of education that that have introduced an English test, 15 just have a written test, 4 just have a practical test of communicative skills, and 8 have both.

The Daily Yomiuri reports: 'Prior to its decision to make English classes mandatory for fifth- and sixth-graders at primary schools, the education ministry in December 2008 issued a notice to local governments, urging them to administer English-related tests in their teacher recruitment exams. However, many local governments have yet to introduce English tests in either written or practical skill tests--with some of them citing the large number of examinees as a main reason.

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