National Mar 21, 2014

Break 'passive' English effort: expert

by Tomohiro Osaki

Efforts to foster a generation of more globally competitive talent will not bear fruit unless Japan breaks away from its traditional penchant for "passive" written English exams, Perry Akins, a well-known expert in the field of English-language education, said Friday in Tokyo. Akins, former president ...

Parents give kids early start in English

National Jul 10, 2013

Parents give kids early start in English

by Satoshi Toi

More and more parents are interested in having their children start studying English even before they turn 1, with an eye on giving them an advantage in their future careers. At S&S International School, an English school for infants in Yokohama, 2-year-olds were fluently pronouncing ...

National Apr 24, 2013

LDP plans expansion of JET program

by Ayako Mie

The number of teachers hired for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program would be doubled in three years under a proposal drafted by the Liberal Democratic Party to boost Japan's global competitiveness and nurture international talent. According to the draft of a midterm report by ...

To communicate in English, TOEFL is vital: LDP panel

National Apr 5, 2013

To communicate in English, TOEFL is vital: LDP panel

by Reiji Yoshida

English-language education at public schools should shift in emphasis to verbal communications skills, and for that purpose, universities must adopt the Test of English as a Foreign Language for entrance exams, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party's education reform panel said. If the TOEFL ...