Masao AIKAWA
   Department   Kyoto University of Foreign Studies  Department of British and American Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies
   Position   Professor
Language Japanese
Publication Date 2020/03
Type Other research activities
Title Issues in Foreign Language Education in Japan: International Comparisons From the Perspectives of Language, Culture and Education Policy
Contribution Type Multiple author(s)
Journal TypeJapan
Volume, Issue, Page pp.124-129
Details This paper reports on the symposium organized by the SIG research group, “Research on Foreign Language Education Abroad,” at the 58th JACET International Convention held at Nagoya Institute of Technology in 2019. Every panelist pointed out some problems of foreign language education in Japan in comparison with educational policies and practices abroad and made some suggestions to solve the problems. These suggestions can be summarized as three proposals: 1. The teachers’ social status should be improved, and the MEXT should reform pre-service and in-service teachers’ training courses; 2. There are some conventional and conservative policies such as a centralized national system of government, which need changing to reduce the stresses on schools and teachers; 3. The foreign language education policy in Japan should provide students with not only English language but with education to raise learners’ plurilingual and pluricultural competence.