• Miyoshi, Aichi


Regarding Minoru Matsutani’s Jan. 10 article “Student count, knowledge sliding“: I teach university-level English conversation for first-year students and have become increasingly frustrated with my students’ performance concerning the basic English that is taught in all junior highs throughout Japan.

Because of this, I was thinking of “dumbing down” the homework for next year because of the many students who fail to do and/or understand the homework. However, after reading this article, I have decided to keep it the same as I have for the past two years. I would like to thank the writer for renewing my confidence and reminding me to “stick to my guns.”

If there is a Japanese translation of this article, I would ask the writer if I may post it on my class home page so that my students understand why I am giving them so much homework.

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

clinton weyand

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