News about English in Japan

What is the status of English Education in Japan? If you are curious about this topic, here is a collection of newspaper articles, editorials,  and news reports from the Japan Times to get you up to speed about developments and opinions about English education in Japan. They are organized by date from most recent. Editorial articles are marked in bold.  Click on the link to read the article on Japan Times online.

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 (Editorial):

Students’ Retreat from English

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Panel targets English Proficiency

Thursday, Mar. 3, 2011 (Editorial Response to Previous):

Teachers Should not get Alarmed

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011:

Are Schools Ready for English?

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011:

Japan far Behind in Global Language of Business

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 (Editorial):

Don’t blame JET for Japan’s Poor English: Responses

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010 (Editorial):

Don’t blame JET for Japan’s Poor English

Tuesday, June 29, 2010:

Elementary Schools to get English

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010 (Editorial):

Failed Policy on Teaching English

Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 (Editorial):

English Taught in English

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 (Editorial):

Look Overseas to Address Japan’s lag in English Ability

Thursday, March 5, 2009:

Elementary School English: Ready or Not

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005:

English Test to Gauge Education Level

Saturday, July 20, 2002:

Japan Experiments with Super English Schools

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001:

Execs lament poor English of Japanese



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