Japan's new English-instruction standards face questions

05/29/2013 | Mainichi (Japan), The

As officials in Japan move forward with plans to bolster English instruction in the country's elementary schools -- adopting formal lessons for fifth- and sixth-grade students and informal instruction for younger students -- some are criticising the move. Meikai University professor Yukio Otsu said the enhanced focus on English instruction could cause students to dislike the subject, and some say the new curriculum also could require that teachers be certified in English instruction.

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