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Regarding David John’s letter “The education ministry’s misguided reliance on testing” in the July 14 edition, I have been thinking about the current state of English education in Japan and how little has changed during the 19 years I have been here.

Now in my third round as a junior high school assistant language teacher, I am more appalled than ever at how English is being taught at this level. Great steps are being made at the elementary level, but these are essentially all for naught once learners are faced with exam-based study at junior high school.

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