Regarding the Feb. 10 Kyodo article “Former JETs defend program“: Japan must get away from the teaching-by-osmosis style that the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program seems to be part of. Other countries around the world are demanding a thorough English education, and so should Japan. Having a university graduate play a few games is no substitute for a methodical system of learning authentic English, which is what Japan is sorely lacking.
Emphasis needs to be placed on day-to-day communication and on business English — the language of negotiation. This can only be done with someone who is trained to teach this in an easy and methodical way. Time to invest money more wisely.
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