As English language education in Japan undergoes major reform, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is implementing a new public school English education system in the lead up to the 2020 Olympics. Changes include English classes mandatory at lower grades; higher level textbooks and English becoming an official subject for fifth and sixth grade students.

The University of Queensland’s Institute of Continuing & TESOL Eduction (ICTE) has been working in partnership with the Tokyo Metropolitan Board Of Education (TMBOE) to deliver customised teacher training for its high school teachers.

“My experience in Brisbane has changed me and I gained a lot of benefits from the program. Learning English helped me meet people and it gave me new experiences. As an English teacher I want to teach my students these things. Through teaching English I can change my students and their future.”
Kazuya, EMTP participant, 2018

For the past two years, 36 high school teachers have participated in a unique 10-week English and Methodology for TESOL Purposes (EMTP) experience. The in-service program takes a communicative approach and was designed specifically by ICTE for early to mid-career teachers from non- English speaking backgrounds who are required to teach English to students at junior and senior high school levels.

Outcomes include:

  • to introduce teachers to alternative and innovative methodologies for teaching English, particularly relevant to teaching large classes and to learners with differing levels of English ability
  • for teachers to apply and practise the teaching methods introduced on the course in a peer-teaching environment and receive feedback from their language teachers and peers
  • for teachers to enhance their own English language skills in an immersion environment so that they are more capable and confident to teach English in English

Read more about ICTE’s practical drama workshop at the Tokyo Global Gateway (TGG) (Japanese)