English is going to be a new compulsory class for 5th and 6th grade. There are a few worries and one is teachers. Some teachers aren’t ready for this curriculum because they aren’t English specialists, and also they didn’t take the training course. The other one is how they teach. Starting English early and doing appropriate activity at the age could prevent kids from being English-allergic. However just studying perfect grammar could cause English-phobia, so instead they need a positive attitude such as passion to learn new things. Teachers should help stimulate student’s interest. Therefore, we should focus on the way of thinking and approach to communication. This first step will create the base of elementary English education system in Japan.
Ready for English?