Top students get help outside of school

In my experiences, the top English-speaking Japanese high school students have always had some kind of support system outside of school. Usually there’s a parent who is really good at English, or parents who put their kids in English-intensive programs from a young age.

It tells me that Japanese ESL students who only are exposed to English in traditional Japanese schools, even if it’s a well-reputed private school, can’t compete. In fact 99% of them aren’t even close to fluency by high school graduation, after 6 years of compulsory English classes.

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