Elementary schools to get English (Japan)
Starting next fiscal year, all elementary schools will be required to introduce compulsory English lessons for fifth- and sixth-graders.
The scores of Japanese who take the Test of English as a Foreign Language remain are among the lowest in Asia, and thus their proficiency levels are low as well, whereas other parts of Asia are making English education compulsory in elementary school.
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Editors Note: While Japan is a major destination for native English teachers, it would be surprising for most to hear that they are so far behind the Korean school English program. Thailand was the first Asian country to introduce compulsory English education, while South Korea followed suit in 1997 and China in 2001.