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American Teachers Working with Japanese Teachers of English in Japanese Schools. "An American View of Educational Contradictions." [microform] / Helen R. Reed
Bib ID 5605157
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Reed, Helen R
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Description [S.l.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1997 
26 p. 

This paper describes the experiences of an English teacher from Washington State University who taught English in Japan for a year. The teacher concluded after her year in Japan that the country is and has been involved in a less-than-conscious national effort to "stonewall" the effective teaching of English as a second language in all its forms. The position is taken that essential change for English education in Japan comes down to two possibilities: either English education must seriously include verbal skills and cultural understanding, allowing the incorporation of English into the broader scope of life in Japan, or the requirement for English as a second language in public schools should be dropped and the incredible amount of public money spent instead on other national problems. It is noted that Japanese teachers rarely teach their English classes in English--teaching their students to read and to write English, but steadfastly avoiding teaching them to speak or understand spoken English. Even teachers who participated in intensive language training in America rarely taught their classes in English. In fact, students who have had schooling abroad and then renter Japanese schools are discouraged from using the English skills they have mastered. Over a period of time, the teacher realized that what she could best do to teach English in Japan was work with adults in and around the city and the public school system. Teaching English to adults in PTA groups and night classes for a city labor union group proved to be of value to all involved. (Contains 8 references.) (CR)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Communication Problems.  |  Culture Contact.  |  English (Second Language)  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Intercultural Communication.  |  Japanese Culture.  |  Language Attitudes.  |  Language Fluency.  |  Second Language Instruction.  |  Secondary Education.  |  Teacher Role.  |  Teaching Conditions.  |  Japan  |  Japanese People
Form/genre Reports, Descriptive.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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