I really wish I could give you 10,000 thumbs up!
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After 20+ years teaching in the states, Canada, and the last 14 in Japan. Yeah, I got a pretty good grip on it. I run my own school now and am contracted (PT, thanks JET program) at 2 high schools, a kindy (PT), and a local hospital where I teach nurses and coach doctors for speeches.
And yes, it may sound a little self-serving, but JET teachers take away opportunities for me, and others, to make a decent living.
I also concur with the posters who believe it should be an elective and cut back on the ridiculous testing.
Required foreign language before Uni: YES
Required English before Uni: No
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Start by hiring qualified foreign teachers as ALT's. Just because you have a 4-year degree does not qualify someone to be a teacher. I happen to be a credentialed teacher.
Kill the JET program.
Revise the law so that BOE can hire and retain competent foreign teachers for more than 3 years, giving them all the benefits of a Japanese teacher.
Shift the focus to reading, writing and speaking. Quit focusing on grammar.
That might be a good start. But the dinosaurs have to just go away.
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Posted in: In times like these, you feel unpatriotic for opening an establishment. Instead of just asking people to refrain from going out voluntarily, I'd prefer that they banned business from operating. But if they start saying that businesses can't operate, then they have to compensate us.