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May 16, 2010

Japanese parents very keen on having English in elementary schools, but want teachers who specialize in English


'Nippon-PTA', the national association of PTAs around Japan, has carried out a survey of its members and found that the parents of children who have English activity classes at elementary school are very much in support of having these classes, but would like to see more teachers who specialize in English.

1,988 parents of 5th grade students replied to the questionnaire. 69.1% thought the English activity classes were necessary and only 8.3% thought the classes were not necessary. 58.7% of those who thought English was necessary said it was because it would help their children at junior high school, 50.3% said it was because it would encourage their children to become more interested in other countries (parents could give more than one reason when answering the questionnaire).

When asked what would make the English activity classes effective, 52.2% said that it was necessary to have teachers who were specialists in teaching English, 44.2% said that methodology that was appropriate for elementary school was important, and 42.8% said that the teachers should be native speakers of English.

Click here for the complete survey (in Japanese)

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