English Language Teaching in Japan Issues and Challenges: An Interview with Toshinobu Nagamine and Masaki Oda


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English Language Teaching in Japan Issues and Challenges: An Interview with Toshinobu Nagamine and Masaki Oda

by Flora Debora Floris
Petra Christian University, Indonesia

Introduction

As English is now a global language and has become the language of business, science, technology, academics, entertainment, and politics, the demand for English language instruction in ‘expanding-circle’ countries such as Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia has increased dramatically in the last few years and will continue to do so. However, despite its rapid growth, often times we know very little about English Language Teaching (ELT) in these ‘expanding-circle’ countries. Thus, it is an honor to introduce two esteemed Japanese ELT scholars, Dr. Toshinobu Nagamine of Kumamoto University and Professor Masaki Oda of Tamagawa University who can elaborate more about ELT in this ‘Land of the Rising Sun.’

Toshinobu Nagamine is currently Associate Professor in the Department of English Language Education…

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