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"Eigo-Noto" News Reader: "ESL News around the world..."

Sept 15 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

News on Eigo Noto

"Eigo Noto news around the web"

This is basically a set of current "Eigo Noto" headlines grouped into a news reader for your convenience.

It's basically the same thing as the news reader for "ESL" that uses PHP, iframes, and all that other stuff your browser loves to do for you while you read news on the web."

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Eigo Noto' avoids budget ax - The Yomiuri Shimbun

Sept 14 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

Eigo Noto' avoids budget ax

"Eigo Noto doesn't bite the dust yet."

The education ministry has decided to continue free distribution of "Eigo Noto" (English Notebook) teaching aids for primary school English classes even after fiscal 2011, although discontinuation after that time was decided in last year's budget screening, it was learned Tuesday.

Primary school English classes will be compulsory for fifth- and sixth-year students from the 2011 academic year, which starts from April next year, but it will not be regarded as a "subject" that requires student evaluations. Each school year, 35 classes are held for each grade.

The primary school English classes, conducted as part of "foreign language activities," aim to give pupils an opportunity to learn about different languages and cultures as well as develop basic communication skills.

Eigo Noto supplements use abundant illustrations. Greetings and how to count can be learned through games and quizzes...

Well, there's more and you can read it all here if you haven't read it already: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T100907004437.htm

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ESL News Reader: "ESL News around the world..."

July 07 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

News on ESL

"ESL news around the world"

This is basically a set of current "ESL" headlines grouped into a news reader for your convenience.

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Have you sent MEXT your "Sorting" comments?

Dec 04 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

Eigo Note at risk?

"Funding for primary school English booklet at risk"

from the The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Have you read the article yet?

Have you sent them (MEXT) an email? Here's the link and address:

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Eigo Noto Textbook to become OBSOLETE?

Dec 02 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

What about the Eigo Note funding and ESL in Elementary Schools?

"Well, the news is out about the Eigo Note.
Will it be abolished?
Is the "noto" going to become obsolete?
Well, only time will tell, and the translations
I'm getting back from Google and Excite."

"Here's what I've deciphered so far from the Yomiuri article
"仕分けで英語ノート「廃止」、教師から反対殺到"
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/news/20091129-OYT1T01062.htm"

Such were my words in the last post on this subject matter of "Eigo Note abolished?"

Well, there is a news article in English on the matter of policy makers trying to make the Eigo Note obsolete.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20091130TDY01306.htm

The Daily Yomiuri Online has it online, so check it out.

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Well, I should have done this a long time ago...

Dec 02 2009 0 Comments by Marcus

Here are some flashcard sets in .pdf that I've used in my lessons. Remember the images are of course property of those who made the Textbook. Click here to get to the download page.

Contact us and let us know what you think and if you have any requests for materials please let us know.

The ENB

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Eigo Noto Textbook to become OBSOLETE?

Dec 02 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

Will the Eigo Note become obsolete or even be abolished? What about me and my ESL job in Japan?

Well, the news is out about the Eigo Note.
Will it be abolished?
Is the "noto" going to become obsolete?
Well, only time will tell, and the translations
I'm getting back from Google and Excite.

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News: Asian / International Articles...

Dec 02 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

While countries all over asia are striving to improve their English Education Programs there are cases in which a country's president may actually pledge to upgrade the establishment for example in the Korean English program a news article posted last year: "South Korea to improve English Education" by Kwang-Tae Kim, Associated Press Writer.

And in our own area of Japan I came across something more of an an editorial article than a news piece written by Kenji Tamaki, Editorial Writer over at Mainichi Shinbun. It makes for a very interesting point and references the origins of the Elementary School English Program in Japan and his thoughts on the matter. Yet, as he states "If the purpose of the government's action plan is only to make people fluent in English -- which, by the way, is a difficult thing to do -- it is of no use at all." Well. I really hate to burst his bubble, becuase he does make his point clear. But isn't the main point of MEXT's program for shogakko English to enjoy learning English first and gain some International Understanding. Why not forget about fluency for now and let's have some fun with the kids. In the meantime, we can also enjoy hearing them take on the challenge.

audio sample: Japanese kid's and fluency

And yes, such as his point may be, let's leave the matter of fluency to be later decided by the individual learner themselves. If young learners enjoy learning English as the years go by they will not feel that they have to abide by a ministry related (future) 'status quo' but actually be willing to communicate on their own free will and be proud of their English Speaking Skills. Thanks for the article Tamaki-san. It certainly raises a lot of deep issues on the matter, especially, the feelings of the teachers themselves.

Keep posted here for further comments.

 

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The Japan Times: more articles/news about living in Japan

Dec 04 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

The Japan Times: News & Business

The latest news, business and opinion stories from The Japan Times

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 7:25 am

U.S., Japanese carriers conduct drills amid soaring North Korea tensions

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 6:42 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 5:11 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 5:11 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 4:22 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 4:21 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:45 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:38 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:19 am

London subway bombing could have been much worse, police chief says

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:18 am

Our dangerous, idiotic national conversation

Cheap speech is reducing the relevance of political parties and newspapers as intermediaries between candidates and voters, which empowers demagogues.

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:15 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:15 am

Keeping land prices steady across Japan

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:15 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:12 am

Descendants of fallen Japanese soldiers pay U.S. respects at Pearl Harbor

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 2:58 am

Grandson of former Prime Minister Nakasone to run in Lower House election

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 2:53 am

Hiroshima A-bomb exhibit planned at USS Arizona Memorial to mark 75th anniversary of war

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 2:44 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 1:52 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 1:49 am

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 1:38 am

Dreams of ‘Moon Village’ begins to shape up at Riga meeting

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 1:31 am

Toshiba’s chip unit sale may be a done deal but regulatory and legal hurdles loom ahead

Eight months after announcing its plan to sell its chip unit, Toshiba Corp. has finally selected a buyer following a protracted and chaotic sales process. ...

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:54 am

Puerto Rican astronaut gets double dose of hurricanes

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:53 am

WeWork Japan set to debut in February with three central Tokyo locations

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:26 am

Kudos to Kono for his English ability

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:21 am

Belligerence won’t resolve North Korean crisis

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:21 am

Kingston left out historic facts

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:20 am

Keep up the good work, Yamao

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:18 am

Tokyo Motor Show to showcase cutting-edge automotive technologies

Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association Chairman Hiroto Saikawa has called on the public to visit the Tokyo Motor Show, scheduled to be held from late October, ...

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:16 am

FSA shakes up asset-management firms with cheap funds to get individuals to move cash into stocks

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Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:01 am

Apple fans line up for iPhone 8, 8 Plus in Japan, but many holding out for X model

Apple Inc.’s latest iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones featuring upgraded cameras and wireless charging went on sale in Japan on Friday, with eager ...

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Posted on 21 September 2017 | 11:42 pm

Mexicans transfixed by efforts to rescue girl from quake-flattened school, only to learn she didn’t exist

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Posted on 21 September 2017 | 11:39 pm

Puerto Rico flooded, in tatters, out of power in wake of Maria

Puerto Rico grappled with the prospect of more flooding on top of an island-wide power outage following Hurricane Maria as the death toll from the ...

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Posted on 21 September 2017 | 11:35 pm

Nuclear experts head to China to test experimental reactors

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Posted on 21 September 2017 | 11:27 pm

‘Pluralistic ignorance’: Why dads in Japan don’t take paternity leave

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Posted on 21 September 2017 | 11:16 pm

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Posted on 21 September 2017 | 11:07 pm

How Kake Gakuen’s application process bucked the norm

School operator Kake Gakuen's application to open a new veterinary medicine department strayed from well established procedures.

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Posted on 21 September 2017 | 2:04 am

Farewell, Cassini

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Posted on 21 September 2017 | 2:04 am

Moving toward Kurdish independence?

The Kurds' quest for self-rule puts them in the crosshairs of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Russia and the United States.

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Posted on 21 September 2017 | 2:03 am

Power and purpose in democratic politics

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Posted on 20 September 2017 | 4:05 am

Brace for the coming robot arms race

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Posted on 20 September 2017 | 4:04 am

Hurricane Trump makes landfall in Manhattan

The Trump administration's apparent determination to break the Iran nuclear deal is causing global alarm, for good reason.

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Posted on 20 September 2017 | 4:03 am

Abe’s partisan quest for a snap election

Should he decide to hold a snap election, Prime Minister Abe should make clear to voters exactly what new mandate he is seeking.

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Posted on 19 September 2017 | 3:50 am

The tragedy of Aung San Suu Kyi

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Posted on 19 September 2017 | 3:49 am

How the prime minister can win over Japan’s neighbors

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Posted on 19 September 2017 | 3:48 am

Above the law on college campuses

America's institutions of higher education should follow the same standards of justice as the rest of the nation.

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Posted on 19 September 2017 | 3:47 am

Hillary Clinton: the perfect one

Hillary Clinton's new campaign memoir remains true to her long-standing line: The fault for any mistakes always lies with others.

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Posted on 19 September 2017 | 3:46 am

Americans feared Trump, but normalized leftist violence

The cost of preventing thieves from stealing American's constitutionally guaranteed freedoms is growing increasingly high.

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Posted on 19 September 2017 | 3:45 am

NRA screening of Tepco’s restart plan

The way the NRA is wrapping up its safety screening of Tepco's bid to restart two idled reactors in Niigata Prefecture is less than convincing.

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Posted on 18 September 2017 | 1:21 am

 

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