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For Walt Gardner's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 29, 2015

Learning English requires a different approach

If the most important goal is to teach Japanese students how to speak the kind of everyday English used in the corporate world, then it's imperative that teachers provide them with frequent practice doing precisely that.

Feb 12, 2015

Preparing students for the global economy

It's not uncommon for teachers in Japan to teach a subject well enough but for their stale techniques to teach students to hate the subject for life. That's why it's so important for Japan to move away from its obsession with testing.