A survey of 3rd year high school students conducted by the Education Ministry has revealed that 58.4% of the respondents do not like studying English.
The survey was conducted at 480 high schools nationwide, encompassing about 70,000 students. It was also accompanied by an English proficiency exam in which a large percentage of test takers performed far below government targets, TBS reported.
In the attitude toward English study survey, students were asked whether or not they enjoyed studying English, to which 58.4% replied "I don't enjoy it." When asked to what degree they desired to learn English, over 81.4% replied that it would be nice to have an English aptitude for university entrance exams and for traveling overseas.
Many participants stated they would want to become proficient enough in English to comfortably be able to do homestays and or work for a company overseas.
Ministry officials also noted that when asked to compare reading and listening ability to writing and speaking, more students stated that they were less proficient at writing and speaking.
A ministry official said they will use the results from the survey to consider how to improve public schools' English curriculum so that more students will not only have improved proficiency scores, but also potentially enjoy studying the language more.© Japan Today