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December 09, 2010

Less than 20% of high schools following English-only policy for oral communication classes

The Mainichi Daily news has reported Ministry of Education (MEXT) concerns that less than 20 percent of public high schools have been enforcing an English-only rule in English oral communication classes.

MEXT's national educational guidelines state that "Beginning from the 2013 academic year, OC is to be a mandatory subject, and all OC classes are to be conducted entirely in English." With so few classes currently being conducted only in English, there are concerns that the guideline will not be met.

Reported by: Russell Willis

See Also:
The Mainichi Daily News
Steven Herder on the use of LI in the classroom (PDF download)

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