Welcome to Jordan vol.2
The problem of Japan's English education is in the fact that two
goals, a goal of English for school exam and the goal of English as
a language, are set separately. Through that students have to study
two types of English. This must be quite burdensome for them.
Eventually they would have to put priority one of them. They choose
inevitably the one for school exam.
The typical school exam English must be a fill up the blank type
question, English - Japanese translation or summarizing, for
example. Each question has just one answer.
It strictly checks
whether every part of the tool meet the standard or not. And maybe a
native speaker like pronunciation, an appearance is important for
However as long as English is a communication
tool, the thing which should be examined is how students well handle
the tool. Some screws are shorter than regulation beside the others
are too much longer. Also the form is not beautiful. But
nevertheless some people handle the poor tool very well. Meanwhile
the others who have strictly manufactured tool with beautiful
appearance is so clumsy to use it.
Unifying this double standard of Japan's English education is
quite simple. Changing the school exam style to an original one.
Check "How they can handle the tool" with essay, interview, debate
or presentation, for instance.
Of course, it also requires a
higher leveled teacher. Maybe it needs a huge number of markers and
task especially for an entrance exam. But it must be changed.
they cannot change the old system, it's better to eliminate
"English" from exam subjects. Language education should be more
flexible. If students are confused by the stiff system of English
education, it's much better learning Japanese reading, writing,
listening and speaking. Mother tongue is always a base of language
Don't misunderstand, I'm not all negative for current English
class. Just stay on it. But after assembling the tool for 3days, the
forth day should be the day for practice. Through that students get
to know their English become more practical one and on which level
their English is.
Just assembling the tool forever is a pain.
Students trough up the tool before practice. It's possible
unfinished tools will be left here and there in the classroom. Again
in language study, how they well handle the tool is most important
even if the tool is not perfect.
The ministry of education
recently announced they assist students by the application fee of
English qualification test. But if they really want to improve the
English education, there are more effective and less- expensive way.
Students can have a meeting with Skype, change a message with
e-mail, for example. We live in the time of the Internet. The budget
should be spent on the right way.
To tell the truth, there is the best way to know the real meaning
and technique of language study in a short time. It's travelling
abroad by yourself. So you should travel alone foreign country on
the first grade of your school year. But it's impossible. After all,
Japanese students get to know "What is language, or communication"
in their high school or collage graduation trip. Ironically, they've
just put down a pen for six more year's English study just before
This is Japanese school education. For a job searching or English
study, students all dump what they have learned in school, then they
have to catch another stream and start from zero. School education
should be a approaching lane for main traffic, society,
" Portrait " Amman, Jordan 2010