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Tools Request permission Export citation Add to favorites Track citation. Share Give access Share full text access. Share full text access. Please review our Terms and Conditions of Use and check box below to share full-text version of article. Get access to the full version of this article. View access options below. You can only speak French. So if Japanese students entered a class where one could only speak English the whole time you were in that room, they would learn better.
I take care of hundreds of Japanese students who come here to learn more English and even after 5 years of learning English in Japan, they have a hard time. Using the English as others here have stated is imperative. Students and probably their teachers see English as a subject rather than a form of communication. We have 91 students coming in a month and when I have a student living in my home, it helps them greatly to actually use English as a form of communication because after a couple of days I let them use their translators when stuck in the first couple of days , they do much better.
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I see the improvement once they are ready to return to Japan. So, to me, using the language is very important. Young students are also a bit shy about using English because they are not confident that they can do it perfectly. We had a girl 2 years ago for 3 weeks and she spoke little English but the night before she left, she gave a beautiful speech in front of a crowd of students and host families in perfect English.
We were so proud of her. It goes to show that immersion with the language all around you and boosts of confidence is something that students need. I am so glad I recorded her speech by the way. What's the fuzz about speaking english You cannot just criticize their way of english nor their way of communication.
They are Japanese.
Yes there are some Japanese born and raised in USA and they sure speaks like americans. I, too laugh when I read some english ads on the street but after analyzing the country and culture, I think it's fine. It's their accent.
How about some other countries english pronounciation Monday sounds like Mondai Americans Spanish Americans pronounce it Comprendei Geezzzzzz now for the perfect english speaking guys here, which is the best , very clear english do you think is best. American, Canadian or British english You just have to give a child as full an education as possible.
If you had young kids in school, would you tell them not to bother studying English? Six years of learning nothing is an incredible waste of time. After which the mere thought of speaking English must be seen as a chore because that's how it was presented.
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Regardless of the motivation of students, the language of English is not respected in Japan for its sounds and forms due to katakana. There's no reason to even try to be correct. It doesn't have to be English. Having a separate language script for foreign words ensures that that language is always messed up. It's a fail by design. It actually comes out of history. Japanese are not allowed to learn about history so respect for their own language is low. Thus learning English becomes used as a partial replacement language and for new things rather than another separate language.
In time, the Japanese language will be a shadow of its former self and the English used will not be understood by a real English speaker either because of katakana. What is the goal of learning a language if it is only replacing what exists? Other countries do not have this problem on the scale of Japan because they likely respect their own language enough that they want to keep it, know their own history, and so learning to respect another language to communicate with others does not require the losing or merging them. The premise of why Japanese learn English is not clear. Is there a need?
As a major exporter yes. But perhaps more Chinese than English. BTW a Chinese student learning English for two years will beat a Japanese student who "studied" for six! The reason is that there is a clear demarcation of the idea that another language is a skill to hone and improve on, not just a craft show hobby.
Isn't the relatively poor level of English a good things for all you eikawa teachers out there? If the Japanese were better at English, most of you would be out of a job. The whole business model of the eikawa schools is not based on making Japanese actually able to communicate in English speakers, but making them improve just enough so that they'll pay for more lessons. That's a good point - how many years of French education did us anglos get in school, six?
How many of us are actually able to use it in conversation? Probably not that far off from the Japanese. Contrast that with the Quebecois who seem to pick up English much better, but maybe because of their constant exposure to it. The so-called grammar-translation method does not work. After 6 years of it the grammar of Japanese student is dreadful and they cannot translate. Ok then let's be practical about it, let them learn Chinese, seeing as how Chinese culture and business is just as prevalent here as English.
Yubaru: You may be correct about it being 4 times a week now.
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But for the past 3 years I taught at a school which only had English 3 times a week. And of those 3, 50 minute sessions, one was completely mine to do as I pleased That school had the lowest English scores in our city. UnagiDon That is true When you don't use the language, you lose it When I moved to Quebec for 4 months, I was surprised at how much I had learned and could converse somewhat. It means that if I had lived there a couple more years, what I learned in school would be very useful.
It could be the same with Japanese. What they learn could become useful as a stepping stone should they move to an English speaking country. It could make it easier. A friend of mine from Japan thinks that Japanese are taught English because of the tourist industry and common Japanese courtesy. She is thinking that if someone a tourist is confused, that Japanese people should be able to politely help that tourist who is probably English speaking.
Personally, along with my friend I don't think Japanese should be forced to speak English We had 2 translators in our office. They were the best. But for some reason - and this applies to my good wife as well - they struggle something terrible if they need to speak english on the phone! What is it that makes them lose their english speaking ability once the phone connects with their ear?
Second thing. I did french for two years until the teacher suggested I try german. I can speak one or two phrases in each language and count to ten in both. And that's it. A 30 minute lesson once a week in a language that as a schoolchild you can never imagine you will need, will not make you bilingual.
Japanese kids are not going to come out of school bi-lingual anymore then their counterparts overseas will be. And yet many countries do make their kids bi or tri lingual.