Opinion: English instruction in Japan is inept

09/15/2006 | Asahi Shimbun (Japan), The

English instruction in Japanese high schools and universities suffers from low expectations and an overly narrow focus on speaking, laments University of Kitakyushu English professor Shinichiro Noriguchi. He blames ill-prepared English teachers, a college entrance exam that offers little challenge and a university curriculum that de-emphasizes reading and writing for the country's failure to produce students who can truly communicate in the language.

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