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February 17, 2011

Roundup: Eikaiwa, yakuza links • Fukuoka teacher on trial • Latest Language Travel online • TED talk on babies and language acquisition

Teaching-English-in-Japan-Education-Yakuza3" Jake Adelstein, former Yomiuri Shinbun crime reporter and author of Tokyo Vice, prompted by the US release of a new video game, reports on the connections between English conversation schools and organized crime. A 70-year old American man has gone to trial after being accused of molesting 15 girls at the English conversation school he managed in Fukuoka. He denies the charges. The February issue of Language Travel magazine, designed for schools sending students to English-speaking countries, has been released and available to read for free online. Patricia Kuhl presents on the way in which babies learn languages, including a discussion of how Japanese and American babies learn to distinguish between “r” and “l” sound, in a recent TED talk.

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