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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 24 July 2017 | 7:10 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 7:08 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 6:48 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 6:19 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 6:17 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 6:08 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:50 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:40 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:39 am

British pragmatism now on trial

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:38 am

Beijing is watching Justin Bieber

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:37 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:36 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:35 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 5:34 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 4:26 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 4:25 am

In Diet appearance, Abe tells panel he never rigged approval process for Kake Gakuen project

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears before the Lower House Budget Committee.

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 4:20 am

Storms in Akita leave nearly 500 houses flooded but no deaths

Torrential rain over the weekend has left at least 485 houses flooded in Akita Prefecture and more than 20,000 residents under evacuation orders.

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 4:03 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 4:01 am

Michiko Inukai, author, philanthropist and granddaughter of former PM, dies at 96

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 3:50 am

Dollar slips below ¥111 amid uncertainties over Trump administration

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 3:37 am

As part of experiment, Consumer Affairs Agency transfers office from Tokyo to Tokushima

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 3:14 am

China warns India of its ‘resolve’ amid tense border standoff

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 3:03 am

Taliban claims it was behind deadly suicide attack in Kabul that killed 24

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 2:58 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 2:58 am

Nikkei drops below 20,000, as stocks fall further on yen’s firmness

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 2:56 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 2:44 am

IMF sees Japan’s 2017 growth higher at 1.3%, upgrades forecasts for China, ASEAN

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 2:43 am

Nomura’s India fund approaches ¥400 billion as Japan bets on Modi

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 2:12 am

Run for it: Tokyo kicks off 2020 countdown with 1,000-km relay, Olympic medalists

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 2:12 am

Abe’s push for more veterinary schools seen as quantity over quality of education

The way the government tells it, Japan is in dire need of veterinarians.In a speech in Kobe last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly announced ...

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 1:25 am

Man travels by wheelchair through Japan, propelled by the kindness of strangers

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 1:15 am

Sharp makes a return to U.S. market with new LCD TV lineup

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 1:03 am

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 1:02 am

Sendai elects opposition-backed Kori as next mayor, dealing another blow to Abe’s LDP

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Posted on 24 July 2017 | 12:36 am

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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 1:45 am

India’s botched tax reform

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new goods and services tax is both messy and disruptive.

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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 1:44 am

Afghanistan: A morally corrupting catastrophe

There is no military solution to the war in Afghanistan. The solution to the debacle lies with the Afghan tribes.

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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 1:43 am

It’s high noon in the Himalayas

New Delhi's faceoff with Beijing is a sign of the future.

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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 1:42 am

There’s no brain science to U.S. college free speech

Campus speakers aren't doing violence to undergraduate neurons.

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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 1:41 am

Japan’s struggles are hardly unique

Victory in Japan's battle with too-low inflation looks as elusive as ever.

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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 1:40 am

A reset for Abe’s constitutional revision agenda?

The sudden implosion in Abe's popularity has significant consequences for his agenda of constitutional revision.

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Posted on 22 July 2017 | 7:42 am

Protecting the marine environment

Japan can and should do more to preserve the world's oceans.

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Posted on 22 July 2017 | 3:02 am

What a London cabbie learned from Uber

Uber has delivered a much-needed wake-up call to London's taxi industry.

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Posted on 22 July 2017 | 3:00 am

Hypocrisy in the South China Sea

There are no "innocents" in the South China Sea — only degrees of rationalization.

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Posted on 21 July 2017 | 4:35 am

Learning from lapses in corporate governance

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Posted on 21 July 2017 | 4:35 am

Championing TPP 2.0 could give Abe his global moment

To save his political hide, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should do something arguably no Japanese leader has done in decades: project strength and leadership abroad.

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Posted on 21 July 2017 | 4:31 am

Filling the gap left by America’s decline

America's colossal military might no longer ensures it can have its own way automatically around the world.

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Posted on 20 July 2017 | 3:35 am

Another nail in Hong Kong’s coffin

Hong Kong democracy is on its death bed.

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Posted on 20 July 2017 | 3:34 am

 

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