03. The current situation and issues with English language activities in primary schools in Japan after six years of implementation

03. The current situation and issues with English language activities in primary schools in Japan after six years of implementation

 11:59 29/03/2020

Abstract: English education in public primary schools in Japan started in 2011 not as a subject but as an area of foreign language activities in Japan. However, the preparation was poor and homeroom teachers without proper training were required to teach English. Since then, the issue has become highly controversial in Japan. To clarify the actual situation, we conducted surveys three times between 2012 and 2017 and found many problems. Nevertheless, English will become a compulsory subject from April, 2020, but before we see any major improvements by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), more careful study on the problems is an urgent need and therefore, we would like to utilize the results of our research. This paper attempts to study the changing situation and to point out the necessary conditions for possible reforms by comparing and analyzing the results of the latter two surveys.
Keywords: English language activities, primary school, survey, homeroom teachers.

11. DESIGNING INTEGRATED SITUATIONS  IN TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS

11. DESIGNING INTEGRATED SITUATIONS IN TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS

 14:34 09/05/2019

Abstract: Research about integrated teaching in recent years often focuses on such issues as the concept of integrated teaching, the role of integrated teaching, the orientation and content of integrated teaching in specific subjects. Such research is important in improving theoretical background of integrated teaching. However, in order to have effective integrated teaching, it is necessary to conduct more thorough research about how to plan, use techniques and assess. This research will guide teachers in every stage of teaching process. With the hope of providing teacher with better preparation for integrated teaching, this article mentions the procedure of designing integrated situation in teaching Maths at primary schools.
Keywords: Integration, teaching situations, teaching math, primary school, designing.

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