Eigo Note Related News Archives and ESL News in Japan:

and some blogs by The ENB...

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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 November 2017 | 7:17 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 7:14 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 6:52 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 6:36 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 6:25 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 6:14 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 5:57 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 5:44 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 5:23 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 4:58 am

Applying more pressure on North Korea

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 3:35 am

Facing the new energy and climate realities

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 3:34 am

A nod, and a nodding off, to another year of U.S. hilarity

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 3:33 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 3:17 am

Dollar drops to around ¥112 in late Tokyo trading

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 2:51 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 2:39 am

U.S. issues new sanctions on North Korea ships and Chinese traders

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 2:05 am

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:56 am

Inside Kim Jong Un’s inner circle, top aides’ fates shift

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:55 am

Tokyo stocks rise further on strong overseas markets

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:55 am

Cold War drama caught on video as North Korean soldier escapes

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:46 am

Cash-strapped Toshiba bids farewell to Times Square and ‘Sazae-san’

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:46 am

Princess Mako’s wedding ceremony to be held on Nov. 4, 2018

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:37 am

Businesses warned about security flaw in common Intel chips

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:28 am

Disneyland entertainer awarded compensation over pain linked to performances

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:26 am

April 30 most likely date for Emperor Akihito’s abdication: government sources

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:26 am

Japan plans bond issue to fund ¥2 trillion additional budget for fiscal 2017

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:21 am

Masamichi Terabatake to become Japan Tobacco president next year

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:16 am

Subaru to introduce all-electric vehicles in Japan by 2021

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:07 am

North Korean defector’s dramatic escape to the South caught on video

North Korean border guards were only steps behind a fellow North Korean soldier when they opened fire and one briefly crossed the border pursuing the ...

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 1:07 am

China probes former internet czar for suspected graft

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Posted on 22 November 2017 | 12:33 am

Air China indefinitely suspends flights between Beijing and Pyongyang

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Posted on 21 November 2017 | 11:58 pm

Japan and the Indo-Pacific geopolitical calculus

History warns us against writing off Japan too hastily. It may not be a traditional great power on conventional criteria but it remains a consequential ...

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Posted on 21 November 2017 | 4:00 am

ASEAN’s changing posture toward China

ASEAN's softer approach on territorial disputes with China is unlikely to change Beijing's behavior.

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Posted on 21 November 2017 | 3:59 am

Hindu nationalists lay siege to the Taj Mahal

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Posted on 21 November 2017 | 3:58 am

Saudi Arabia’s populist temptation

A sharp fall in oil revenues has rendered Saudia Arabia's long-standing political order unsustainable.

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Posted on 21 November 2017 | 3:57 am

China gives flying cars a real boost

A Chinese automotive firm's acquisition of a U.S. flying car startup marks an important advance for a technology that could reshape the 21st-century city.

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Posted on 21 November 2017 | 3:56 am

China doesn’t want to go to war with America

By exhausting the whole city's resources to charm Trump and his wife, Xi has sent a clear message to the U.S.

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Posted on 21 November 2017 | 3:55 am

End of an era for Zimbabwe

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Posted on 20 November 2017 | 3:35 am

The false promises of farm exports as a growth strategy

Japan's agricultural export policy depends too much on imports and lacks a food security strategy.

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Posted on 20 November 2017 | 3:34 am

Trump gets the trade problems wrong

Embracing protectionist policies won't solve America's trade problem.

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Posted on 20 November 2017 | 3:33 am

Trump lost sight of his promising Asia vision

U.S. President Donald Trump's recent Asia trip shows the administration's approach remains self-defeating.

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Posted on 20 November 2017 | 3:32 am

Tesla scares the rest of the auto industry

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Posted on 20 November 2017 | 3:31 am

The robot revolution is still coming

The robot revolution is coming, but will it amount to much?

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Posted on 20 November 2017 | 3:30 am

New rules for managing official documents

Draft guidelines for managing official documents mark a step forward.

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Posted on 19 November 2017 | 1:40 am

Want to increase workplace productivity?

Companies are not investing enough in strategic employee communications to produce an engaged workforce.

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Posted on 19 November 2017 | 1:39 am

The upgrade myth

The latest isn't always the greatest when it comes to technology.

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Posted on 19 November 2017 | 1:38 am

Cutting families’ education costs

Is Prime Minister Abe's initiative for reducing education costs worth the money? Maybe not.

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Posted on 18 November 2017 | 2:02 am

The illusion of freedom in the digital age

Both governments and big tech companies are getting really good at controlling people through data.

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Posted on 18 November 2017 | 2:00 am

 

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