Jun 3, 2014

New nine-year school category eyed

The education ministry is considering increasing the number of schools that offer a full nine years of compulsory education to avoid the dislocation that some students experience when moving from elementary school to junior high school, sources said Tuesday. Compulsory education in Japan usually ...

Duolingo chief shakes up language learning

May 23, 2014

Duolingo chief shakes up language learning

by Tomoko Otake

While in his teens, growing up in a family running a candy factory in Guatemala, Luis von Ahn said he often fantasized about creating a gym anyone could join for free. Now 34, von Ahn, an IT entrepreneur and associate professor of computer science ...

May 21, 2014

Kids go gaga for tablet PC learning

Home-learning services delivered via tablet computers are becoming increasingly popular across the country, particularly after major education service provider Benesse Corp. launched tablet PC-based services in the spring, industry officials said. More than 910,000 Benesse customers have signed up for tablet-based courses so far, ...

May 20, 2014

Design tests to measure priority outcomes

by Walt Gardner

The discovery of fraud in the adminstration of the high-stakes TOEFL and TOEIC tests is disturbing, but the larger issue — which has been given short shrift — is that these tests are designed to emphasize written English rather than spoken English.

'Selfie,' 'poutine' among new words in Merriam-Webster's dictionary

May 19, 2014

'Selfie,' 'poutine' among new words in Merriam-Webster's dictionary

The latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has added 150 new words, from “selfie” to “poutine.” Many of the words and terms relate to digital life and social media — spoiler alert, hashtag and tweep — while others are food-driven, including the Vietnamese staple ...

May 18, 2014

Education ministry examines idea of integrated teaching license

The education ministry is looking at integrating teaching certificates to make it easier to hire instructors who are qualified to work in both junior and senior high schools, according to ministry officials. Based on the Central Council for Education’s review of teaching certificates and ...