Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m learning English now. I’m writing my blog in my poor English. I aim to write it in more natural English. I need to train my vocab. I tested my vocab in this site and got score “4,230 words”, that is lower score than 5-6 years old child. I’m not good at reading English and writing English. In addition, I’m bad at speaking English and listening. Why I’m not good at English? I didn’t get English education? Today I’ll write about “English education in Japan”. (Umm…, almost all sentences in this paragraph begin with “I …”)
The reason why I’m bad at English is very clear. I didn’t learn English hard when I was student. I was very bad student. I thought that I didn’t need second language in my life. Someone give me DeLorean.
In addition, English class was not fun for me… When I was junior high school student and high school student, English education in Japan had focused on reading and grammar. Sometimes native speakers came to our class, but it wasn’t often. So a person of the same generation is not good at speaking and listening. A couple of years ago, English education in Japan changed to focus on English conversation.
The reason why English education in Japan had been focusing on reading and grammar for a hundred year is very interesting. During the time when Japan had closed its doors to the outside world (edo period), Japanese culture was very unique but not advanced. At the end of edo period, American fleet and England fleet visited to Japan. Japanese people were surprised at their technologies. The visitors had advanced culture, technologies, knowledge, tools, weapons and armies. Liberal samurais thought they needed to learn these modern technologies/knowledge from foreign countries. They learned grammar, trained reading skill and then imported many books to learn modern technologies. The previous policy of English education in Japan was based on their thought. The purpose of learning second language for Japanese people was reading books, not conversation!
A hundred year after, the policy has already changed. The currently English education in Japan gives priority to conversation. And, almost all Japanese people think they should grow English conversation skill, not reading skill. But, my current purpose of learning English is still reading books. I need to learn technologies hard from computer books written in English. I had to start learning English from zero, because I didn’t learn English when I was student. But, today, learning English is very fun for me.