April 19, 2011
Miyazaki University associate professor Mike Guest has argued strongly against a number of controversial claims made by Kumiko Torikai that she made in a recent interview with the Asahi Shinbun.
In his latest article for ELTNEWS.com, Guest notes some areas of agreement but then criticizes Torikai for setting up "straw man" arguments, being confused about what constitutes a native speaker, and being completely wrong about non-native speaker English. He also examines her arguments about how English should be taught in Japan and rejects them.
Kumiko Torikai is a professor at Rikkyo University, appears on an NHK English-learning show and has sat on panels that advise the government on how English should be taught.
• A response to Kumiko Torikai's Asahi News interview
• Critics of English education misguided; English hegemony must be overcome - Kumiko Torikai
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