Jan. 12 editorial “English taught in English” is on point with the insight that individual schools around Japan are implementing very successful English-language programs. The article is also correct in that a change of attitude is necessary. However, it should have added that a change of attitude in Japanese business society is needed.
Businesses do not seem to value English as a practical skill that will enable an employee to succeed in the office. Students see this and feel they don’t need to become proficient in English. Businesses seem to place a low priority on second-language skills in general. This attitude must change so that students feel they have a chance to use what they are studying in language class.
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