February 16, 2011
A survey of teachers conducted by Benesse has revealed that 68% percent of teachers preparing to start teaching English to fifth and sixth graders this April were not confident about doing so and 62% felt it to be a burden. According to Benesse the results indicate inadequate training and that the government's teaching materials and training were "insufficient".
The survey, conducted between July and August, covered 8,000 randomly selected public elementary schools, with a total of 2,326 teachers in charge of fifth or sixth grade classes providing valid responses.
Despite the lack of confidence, 81% of respondents said that their current classes were going well. 20% of respondents said they had received no training.
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