July 04, 2011
Kumiko Torikai – professor at Rikkyo University, TV presenter, author, and sometime advisor to the Japanese government on English education – has called for a radical rethink of the way teachers are trained in Japan. In a hard-hitting interview with ELTNEWS.com editor Russell Willis, Torikai commented: "...they really have to scrap and build a new teacher training system... Nobody thinks that teacher training at present is adequate, particularly in English language education. I mean, it takes skills to teach.”
The first parts of the interview cover issues relating to the way English is being taught in high schools, the efficacy of the government's English education reforms over the years, and the way that Japanese English teachers are taught.
• Kumiko Torikai Interview Parts 1 & 2
• Mike Guest rebuts Kumiko Torikai's Asahi Shinbum interview claims on English
• Critics of English education misguided; English hegemony must be overcome - Kumiko Torikai
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