Breaking news: Japanese stink at English

Here’s a quote from the Reuters article linked below:

“The country’s average score on the TOEFL iBT, a computer-based test of English as a foreign language, in 2010 ranked 27th among 30 Asian countries, below Mongolia and Turkmenistan.”

OUCH! That’s hideous! Many members of the Ministry of Education should resign in shame.

The real question is, since Japan is ranked below TURKMENISTAN in English ability and the Japanese economy is in great peril, will we see the Ministry of Education finally begin to make more radical and positive changes where it really counts, in K-12 education?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/22/uk-japan-english-idUSLNE78L02A20110922

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2 thoughts on “Breaking news: Japanese stink at English

  1. That’s incredible. Maybe I should go to Japan to teach there? They look like they could use it. I imagine that China and Taiwan is near the top of the list.

  2. Actually Singapore, India, Malaysia and Pakistan top the list. China and Taiwan are ranked only a little higher than Japan, with the exception of Hong Kong.
    In defense of Japan, I should mention something a university professor told me: the number of Japanese who take the TOEFL iBT is immense since it’s required in many arenas, whereas in some countries such as Turkmenistan perhaps the majority of test takers are specializing in English.
    That being said, by all means come to Japan. Japan could use good teachers like you.

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