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April 25, 2013

"Back to Life, Back to Reality"

back-to-life.jpgI've had that 1989 Soul II Soul club classic in my head all week for a couple of reasons.

First of all, I've been entrusted with the task of bringing ELT News back to life with a new, global outlook. For me, it's a return to the editorial hot seat that I occupied until 2005 and I'm delighted this time to have the chance to make ELT News the "go to" source for news of interest to English language teachers worldwide.

There's a lot of work still to be done before the site re-launches, but I thought I'd check in and let you know that there is life in ELT News yet. I look forward to getting lots of contributions and feedback from you, dear reader - send in your news story, comment on stories and articles, let me know what you'd like to see on the site, Share and Like ELT News on Facebook.

The other thing that may be coming back to life is the JET Program. It was announced this week that the ruling LDP have been urged to consider more than doubling the number of foreign English teachers in schools to 10,000 by reviving the initiative. Started in 1987, the JET Program has brought tens of thousands of young people to Japan to teach English and act as cultural ambassadors but has been in decline since the turn of the millennium and was subjected to cost-cutting scrutiny during the few years of DPJ rule. More details from Japan Today.

Mark McBennett, Editor

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Rather than post another story, I'll just post a link to this Japan Today opinion piece which looks unfavorably at the proposed revival of the JET Program(me).

http://www.japantoday.com/category/careers/view/silver-bullets-wont-help-japan-and-neither-will-jet

excellent to see eltnews back in business. I'll be checking back regularly


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