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May 17, 2013

Japan | Primary Level

Enhanced English education sought in Japanese elementary schools

Teaching-English-in-Japan"The Japan Times reports on the latest government proposal to boost English language learning

A governmental panel on education reform will propose enhancing English-language education in elementary schools by making it an official subject for fifth- and sixth-graders.

As a way of nurturing people who can play an active role amid intensifying international competition, the panel headed by Waseda University President Kaoru Kamata will suggest boosting English-language education in elementary schools, according to a draft proposal.

Teaching English in elementary schools has been mandatory for fifth- and sixth-graders since the 2011 school year. But English is not treated as an official subject and is taught only once a week, mostly by homeroom teachers who have not had proper training in the language.

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The irony of the government setting up a panel to improve English education in Japan is that the man heading it doesn't speak English himself and admitted he'd struggle to score more than 10 in TOEIC or TOEFL... a classic case of "do as I say, not as I do."


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