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March 03, 2010

New association launched that aims to boost the reputation of language schools and teachers in Japan


E-Quality, a new association for independent language schools and teachers, was launched today. The first level of membership, which is now available, requires school owners or teachers to agree to a code of professional conduct. A second stage, which will be available in a few months, will give accreditation to language schools.

David Paul, President of David English House, said: 'The reputation of the English language teaching industry in Japan has been badly hurt by the dishonest practices of some schools. It has become increasingly necessary for those schools and independent teachers that strive for higher professional standards and value financial honesty and transparency to get together, agree to abide by a code of conduct, and tell people about this.'

The association is open to language school owners and independent teachers. This is probably the fastest growing demographic in ELT in Japan. More and more schools are opening all the time, and more and more teachers are going independent. E-Quality aims to provide support for these schools and teachers, encourage them to have high educational standards, and deal with students honestly.

Click here to get more information on E-Quality.

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