English Education in Japan

English is taught in Japan as a compulsory subject from junior high school. Since more than 98% of students advance to senior high school, they study English for six years in total. It is said that lack of communicative training has been a serious problem with Japanese English education although things are getting better since the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology started to assign native English teachers as assistant teachers in public junior high schools. English as a foreign language activity for 5th and 6th grade in elementary school has been compulsory since 2011.

 

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