Obstacles facing efforts to improve English language learning in Japanese schools
Date: Sunday, February 12th, 2006 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Robert Aspinall, PALE SIG coordinator
This presentation considers various explanations for the failure of the Japanese education system to provide the country with a number of citizens sufficiently skilled in the use of English, the global lingua franca, to enable Japan to 'punch its weight' in international forums. Customs, expectations and beliefs that are suitable to achieving progress in subjects like science and mathematics cause serious problems in the communicative foreign language classroom. This factor, combined with the entrance exam system, helps to explain why Japan has achieved enviable records of achievement in subjects like mathematics and science but suffers from serious problems with English language learning. Finally the presentation will address various possible solutions to some of the problems raised. This is a joint meeting of Toyohashi JALT Chapter and the JALT PALE SIG.
Organization: Toyohashi Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Toyohashi JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen
Venue: Aichi University, Bldg 5 - room 543
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