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Science colleges step up English presentation courses

Science colleges step up English presentation courses | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
Universities and postgraduate schools are stepping up efforts to improve the ability of their science students to give project presentations and research findings in English. The move reflects increasing opportunities for students to give English presentations at academic meetings as well as at work after graduation.
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ALTs to be placed in all primary schools

ALTs to be placed in all primary schools | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
The government has decided to increase the number of Assistant Language Teachers considerably over a five-year period, starting from the next school year, to strengthen English education at primary schools.
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Universities in local areas take carrot-and-stick approach to improving students' English - Nikkei Asian Review

Universities in local areas take carrot-and-stick approach to improving students' English - Nikkei Asian Review | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
TOKYO -- Universities in local cities are redoubling their efforts to improve students' English proficiency, such as by creating an environment that f
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Panel pushes 'special English zones' to promote Japan culture

Panel pushes 'special English zones' to promote Japan culture | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
An expert committee proposed Tuesday that Japan create 'special English zones' to enhance communication in English as part of the government's strategy to promote Japanese culture abroad. ...
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Nursery schools add services to survive

Nursery schools add services to survive | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
With the number of privately run nursery schools increasing in Japan, many such facilities are working to come up with novel services in order to survive, including original educational materials and English conversation classes.
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Japan urged to do more to promote its language overseas

Japan urged to do more to promote its language overseas | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
Japan needs to make bigger efforts to promote its culture and gain public support for the promotion of Japanese-language education overseas, according to a linguistics scholar who has taught the ...
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Education ministry body to roll out English-only meetings

Education ministry body to roll out English-only meetings | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
Meetings on English education at a division of the education ministry will be conducted in English beginning in May on a trial basis, in an apparent move to both reflect ...
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University of Tokyo Strives to Raise its Global Profile

University of Tokyo Strives to Raise its Global Profile | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) is consistently ranked among the world’s top universities. But far from resting on its laurels, UTokyo is doing its utmost to raise its global competitiveness. This article looks at some of its recent initiatives toward that end.
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Break 'passive' English effort: expert

Break 'passive' English effort: expert | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
Efforts to foster a generation of more globally competitive talent will not bear fruit unless Japan breaks away from its traditional penchant for 'passive' written English exams, Perry Akins, a ...
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To get more out of your students, make the most of your space

To get more out of your students, make the most of your space | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
For three years I sent my children to a school nicknamed 'The Prison,' an austere white concrete structure with a forbidding chain-link fence around its roof and a central courtyard ...
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Have your say on English education

Have your say on English education | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
Letters and online responses to the Jan. 6, 13 and 20 Learning Curve columns by Teru Clavel on English education. Letters and comments may have been edited for length or ...
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Japan to ease permanent resident conditions for foreign professionals

Japan to ease permanent resident conditions for foreign professionals | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
The government is considering relaxing requirements for highly skilled foreigners to obtain permanent residency status in Japan as it expects them to help enhance the nation's international competitiveness, according to ...
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Readers speak up about the obstacles Japan faces in English education

Readers speak up about the obstacles Japan faces in English education | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
Letters in response to the Jan. 6 Learning Curve column by Teru Clavel, 'English fluency hopes rest on an education overhaul.' Letters have been edited for size. Renew the ...
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A lot of interesting points here. 

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Job insecurity among Japan's university teachers is a recipe for further decline

Job insecurity among Japan's university teachers is a recipe for further decline | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
Universities in Japan are caught up in a cutthroat struggle for survival. As the population of children plummets, so, in turn, does the number of college entrants. The decline ...
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All-Japanese families take a chance on international schools

All-Japanese families take a chance on international schools | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
'Third-culture kids' are defined as those who have spent a significant portion of their younger years outside of their parents' culture. Most associate this term with families that have lived ...
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On this island, depopulation isn't the problem — inertia is

On this island, depopulation isn't the problem — inertia is | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
After having appeared recently on the BBC, Marketplace and NPR talking about depopulation in the Seto Inland Sea, it occurs to me that I have not written expansively enough on ...
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TV shows to get foreign-language subtitles by 2020

TV shows to get foreign-language subtitles by 2020 | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry will develop a system to show Japanese TV programs with subtitles in foreign languages, including English and Chinese, to provide a more comfortable viewing experience for foreign visitors, according to sources.
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Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels

Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
In the perennial debate about English-language education in Japan, there is widespread agreement that the system is archaic and change is needed. The consensus stops there. Everyone concerned has a ...
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In Japan, school lunches are a matter of national pride

In Japan, school lunches are a matter of national pride | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
In a country that takes its food and its health seriously, students seem to love healthy fare.
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To teach to test or for communication — or both?

To teach to test or for communication — or both? | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
Which is more important: to communicate in a second language or to test well? Often in language education, skirmishes break out among parents, teachers — and even the students themselves ...
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Osaka embraces English Reformation

Osaka embraces English Reformation | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
While Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's controversial political antics have increasingly drawn criticism, little attention has been paid to how his leadership has prompted the most progressive reforms of English-language education ...
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Interesting to see they are considering tablet computers. It has taken quite a while for Japan to jump on board, even though a large proportion of the media tools emanate from there.
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Japan's future may be stunted by its past - The Japan Times

Japan's future may be stunted by its past - The Japan Times | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
Japan's future may be stunted by its past The Japan Times Is it served by his government's ongoing attempts to force schools to replace “masochistic education” — education that acknowledges Japan's World War II atrocities — with “patriotic...
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Why The Japanese Education System Does Not Excel As Much As You Might Think

Why The Japanese Education System Does Not Excel As Much As You Might Think | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
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Interview with Nik Peachey

Interview with Nik Peachey | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
Nik Peachey is a veteran of more than 20 years in ELT, working all over the world as a...
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Spot on comments about the rush to digitise at the expense of thoughtful interactive use of technology.  He knows his stuff.  Best of luck.

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Teachers must nurture critical thinking, confidence in English for a shot at 2020 goals

Teachers must nurture critical thinking, confidence in English for a shot at 2020 goals | Education in Japan and Japanese Education | Scoop.it
Recently, it was revealed that Japanese public schools may start teaching English earlier (from third grade of elementary school), with more classes per week. The new 'blueprint' for English education, ...
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I like this article.  Amy has good insight into the mindset and also the frustration.  I think that over-praising has a role in this as well.  We compliment automated production instead of the quality of the production based on the context in which it is being said.  I agree with Amy's  point that we must nurture the "why", debate the reponses and analyze from varying perspectives. 

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