Disadvantages Of Japanese English Proficiency

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1. Introduction
It is often said that Japanese English proficiency is not high especially in communication skills such as listening and speaking abilities in comparison with other non-English native countries. The report of EF Education First (a global language training company), EF English Proficiency Index, which was made from the results of nearly 5 million adults test takers from 60 non-English native countries, ranks Japan as 26th out of 60 in average level of English proficiency in 2013(EF EFI, 2013, pp5-6). The report points out that the one of the biggest factors of this result is due to the non-communicative methods of the Japanese traditional education system (EF EFI, 2013, p16). It is widely believed that although millions of Japanese have studied English for at least 6 to 8 years during their secondary and upper secondary school, because the education system places more emphasize on grammar and vocabulary in order to pass college or university entrance-examinations, the Japanese students haven’t be able to acquire communication skills enough during their school classes (Amano, 1990, p261; Baskin, 1996, p82).
On the other hand, private Eikaiwa schools, which mean “English communication school” in Japanese, have been very popular among all age of Japanese. The market scale of its in industry was about £760 million in 2006 with 9.5 million participants (METI 2006, Survey of Selected Service Industries). This suggests that many Japanese citizen knows the importance…
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