[EDLING:159] Japan: Foreign students in need of specialized Japanese teachers
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Wed May 23 12:12:39 UTC 2007
Foreign students in need of specialized Japanese teachers
The number of foreign students in need of Japanese-language instruction in 885
municipalities exceeded 20,000 as of 2005, and the figure continues to
increase, a government survey has found.
The Education, Science and Technology Ministry has produced guidebooks for
language teaching, but most public primary, middle and high school teachers
have little experience in teaching Japanese as a second language. Experts have
pointed out the need for teachers who specialize in teaching Japanese to
In Oizumimachi, Gunma Prefecture, about 6,800 of the town's 42,000 residents
are foreigners, and about 10 percent of all students in the seven public
primary and middle schools hail from overseas.
Apart from regular classes, the schools also offer Japanese classes to increase
foreign students' language abilities. But the classes are taught by regular
teachers who are not trained in language teaching.
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