Saturday, July 23, 2005

My introduction sequal

Hi viewers!
I'm take393. Long time no see! Remember me?
It's been awhile since I saw you guys last. I know my updates were becoming dormant, but it couldn't be helped, because I was so hectic with my work and with studying of my own.
Sorry for making a lot of excuses! Well, looking back the past what I've done before, I've been talking a lot of bullshits as my English wasn't still good enough. So I realized that I've got to brush up more in order to conduct a broad range of English. So I was putting my nose to the grindstone for studying, for example, by sending influx of e mails each other back and forth with my friend in the U.S, or studying by myself very hard to cram a lot of new words to pass the English proficiency test which are taking place in Japan every year. Actually I had experienced a series of setback one after another, like my dad's sudden passing last year, but I managed to get all the way through my English test. According to scrutiny, I've totally got around 75 percent out of full marks for each category like reading, writing, and speaking on average, I think it wasn't so bad than I was expected. But when it comes to listening to a various kinds of materials, especially when I've got to listen to news programs, I've thought it was still hard nut to crack to solve it. Because, you know they flow like a bullet train which speed is around 170 wpm on average, I think for most Japanese, it's really hard to keep abreast of it, and so is in my case. In order to become an authentic advanced learner, maybe I've got to spend the bulk of times for listening in my daily practice.

Today, I like to mention about the topic which was held up in the news paper the other day. From the past until up to now, there's been too much at stake here around the classes nationwide, due to lack of competent English teachers, according to the source. Here are some quotes from the Dairy Yomiuri published in Japan.

Quote;Only 4 percent of public schools in the country conduct a good portion of each English lesson in English, a figure far below the goal set by the Education, Science and Technology Ministry Officials said Sunday. According to ministry survey, 10 percent of middle school teachers and less than 20 percent of high school teachers scored more than 730 points in the Test of English for International Communication, a threshold considered by many companies as representing good English ability.

Quote;Only 8.3 percent of middle school teachers and 16.3 percent of high school teachers scored more than 730 points in the TOEIC test, a figure indicating thorough comprehension of ordinary English conversation and an ability to provide quick responses.

Now that you could understand why the most of Japanese are less likely to become fluent compared with other Asian Nations, like Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, or Korea. Most of us locals were educated from those who conduct poor English. So in order to tackle the problem, I think teachers should cultivate themselves by enrolling study programs abroad prior to applying for their jobs, well what do you make of my statement?
Alright, talk to you later!