Eigo Note Related News Archives and ESL News in Japan:

and some blogs by The ENB...

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"Eigo-Noto" News Reader: "ESL News around the world..."

Sept 15 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

News on Eigo Noto

"Eigo Noto news around the web"

This is basically a set of current "Eigo Noto" headlines grouped into a news reader for your convenience.

It's basically the same thing as the news reader for "ESL" that uses PHP, iframes, and all that other stuff your browser loves to do for you while you read news on the web."

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Eigo Noto' avoids budget ax - The Yomiuri Shimbun

Sept 14 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

Eigo Noto' avoids budget ax

"Eigo Noto doesn't bite the dust yet."

The education ministry has decided to continue free distribution of "Eigo Noto" (English Notebook) teaching aids for primary school English classes even after fiscal 2011, although discontinuation after that time was decided in last year's budget screening, it was learned Tuesday.

Primary school English classes will be compulsory for fifth- and sixth-year students from the 2011 academic year, which starts from April next year, but it will not be regarded as a "subject" that requires student evaluations. Each school year, 35 classes are held for each grade.

The primary school English classes, conducted as part of "foreign language activities," aim to give pupils an opportunity to learn about different languages and cultures as well as develop basic communication skills.

Eigo Noto supplements use abundant illustrations. Greetings and how to count can be learned through games and quizzes...

Well, there's more and you can read it all here if you haven't read it already: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T100907004437.htm

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ESL News Reader: "ESL News around the world..."

July 07 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

News on ESL

"ESL news around the world"

This is basically a set of current "ESL" headlines grouped into a news reader for your convenience.

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Have you sent MEXT your "Sorting" comments?

Dec 04 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

Eigo Note at risk?

"Funding for primary school English booklet at risk"

from the The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Have you read the article yet?

Have you sent them (MEXT) an email? Here's the link and address:

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Eigo Noto Textbook to become OBSOLETE?

Dec 02 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

What about the Eigo Note funding and ESL in Elementary Schools?

"Well, the news is out about the Eigo Note.
Will it be abolished?
Is the "noto" going to become obsolete?
Well, only time will tell, and the translations
I'm getting back from Google and Excite."

"Here's what I've deciphered so far from the Yomiuri article
"仕分けで英語ノート「廃止」、教師から反対殺到"
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/news/20091129-OYT1T01062.htm"

Such were my words in the last post on this subject matter of "Eigo Note abolished?"

Well, there is a news article in English on the matter of policy makers trying to make the Eigo Note obsolete.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20091130TDY01306.htm

The Daily Yomiuri Online has it online, so check it out.

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Well, I should have done this a long time ago...

Dec 02 2009 0 Comments by Marcus

Here are some flashcard sets in .pdf that I've used in my lessons. Remember the images are of course property of those who made the Textbook. Click here to get to the download page.

Contact us and let us know what you think and if you have any requests for materials please let us know.

The ENB

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Eigo Noto Textbook to become OBSOLETE?

Dec 02 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

Will the Eigo Note become obsolete or even be abolished? What about me and my ESL job in Japan?

Well, the news is out about the Eigo Note.
Will it be abolished?
Is the "noto" going to become obsolete?
Well, only time will tell, and the translations
I'm getting back from Google and Excite.

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News: Asian / International Articles...

Dec 02 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

While countries all over asia are striving to improve their English Education Programs there are cases in which a country's president may actually pledge to upgrade the establishment for example in the Korean English program a news article posted last year: "South Korea to improve English Education" by Kwang-Tae Kim, Associated Press Writer.

And in our own area of Japan I came across something more of an an editorial article than a news piece written by Kenji Tamaki, Editorial Writer over at Mainichi Shinbun. It makes for a very interesting point and references the origins of the Elementary School English Program in Japan and his thoughts on the matter. Yet, as he states "If the purpose of the government's action plan is only to make people fluent in English -- which, by the way, is a difficult thing to do -- it is of no use at all." Well. I really hate to burst his bubble, becuase he does make his point clear. But isn't the main point of MEXT's program for shogakko English to enjoy learning English first and gain some International Understanding. Why not forget about fluency for now and let's have some fun with the kids. In the meantime, we can also enjoy hearing them take on the challenge.

audio sample: Japanese kid's and fluency

And yes, such as his point may be, let's leave the matter of fluency to be later decided by the individual learner themselves. If young learners enjoy learning English as the years go by they will not feel that they have to abide by a ministry related (future) 'status quo' but actually be willing to communicate on their own free will and be proud of their English Speaking Skills. Thanks for the article Tamaki-san. It certainly raises a lot of deep issues on the matter, especially, the feelings of the teachers themselves.

Keep posted here for further comments.

 

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The Japan Times: more articles/news about living in Japan

Dec 04 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

The Japan Times: News & Business

The latest news, business and opinion stories from The Japan Times

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Obayashi vice president called in for questioning over suspected maglev project bid-rigging

A vice president at major construction firm Obayashi Corp. is voluntarily questioned about bid-rigging in the ¥9 trillion maglev train project.

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Posted on 10 December 2017 | 4:54 am

Former Toshiba President Nishida, who played key role in Dynabook notebook computer, dies at age 73

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Posted on 10 December 2017 | 4:18 am

In Bahrain, Kono says Japan can make contributions to enhance Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Japan can do more to help push forward the Israel-Palestine peace talks as Tokyo seeks to play a bigger role ...

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Posted on 10 December 2017 | 4:01 am

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Posted on 10 December 2017 | 3:13 am

Defense Ministry seeks extra ¥730 million to build land-based Aegis Ashore missile systems

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Posted on 10 December 2017 | 2:59 am

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Posted on 10 December 2017 | 2:40 am

Japan, U.S., South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

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Posted on 10 December 2017 | 2:23 am

Japan mulls partial insurance coverage for urgent overseas organ transplants

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 10:00 am

Crown Princess Masako feels ‘sense of awe’ about her future

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 7:44 am

Japan may ease key residency rule requirement for foreign entrepreneurs

The Justice Ministry is considering relaxing a key requirement that non-Japanese planning to start businesses here must fulfill to obtain resident status in Japan.

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 7:14 am

France bids an emotional farewell to rocker and cultural icon Johnny Hallyday

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 7:08 am

Open waters: Opening of ports 150 years ago remains a watershed moment in the nation’s history

The year 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, which ended about 250 years of self-imposed isolation and marked the beginning of Japan’s ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 6:59 am

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Women’s magazine Ginger Web created a stir in late November by publishing an article that offered single women advice on how to spend time alone.In ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 6:57 am

Shut in by the past yet still unable to face the future

Mom, dad, two kids, nice house, nice suburb, good income — you just know this story is about to go smash.There’s something about the 1970s ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 6:46 am

Japanese high school girl quiz and, er, ‘florida’

A quiz on words that high school girls in Japan use in conversation or when texting attracted plenty of attention online earlier this week, with ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 6:42 am

Without an official father, kids can be stateless

On Nov. 29, the Kobe District Court dismissed a suit against the state filed by a woman in her 60s who claimed that the law ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 6:40 am

California’s Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

Southern California’s Getty Center, one of the world’s wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 6:31 am

‘End of war against IS’ declared in Iraq

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declared victory in a three-year war by Iraqi forces to expel the Islamic State jihadi group that at its ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 6:31 am

Obayashi’s HQ searched for evidence of fraud linked to maglev bids

Prosecutors have raided Obayashi Corp.’s headquarters and other locations to investigate possible fraud in bidding on contracts for a ¥9 trillion ($79 billion) maglev train ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 5:24 am

Osaka apartment fire claims five in Toyonaka

Five people perish in Osaka after their wooden apartment building burns up overnight in Toyonaka.

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 4:48 am

Setting of accession date spurs government work for era name computer updates

The central and local governments will prepare to update its documentation and other systems to fit the next era name, now that Crown Prince Naruhito’s ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 2:43 am

Reclaiming Nihonbashi’s sky

The massive expense of moving the expressway over Nihonbashi bridge must be weighed carefully against its aesthetic benefits.

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 2:02 am

Technophobes and the future of jobs

What if your profession has never required much computer literacy — and then all of a sudden it does. Should you be fired?

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 2:00 am

Japan and EU hail creation of a ‘gigantic economic zone’ as trade talks conclude

After four years of negotiations, Japan and the European Union conclude a giant free trade deal with an eye to launching it in 2019.

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 1:55 am

Campaigners for EU citizens react skeptically following planned Brexit deal

Campaigners for EU citizens living in Britain and Britons in the EU reacted skeptically Friday to the proposed deal in the first phase of Brexit ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 12:36 am

Sachiyo Nomura, wife of former Hanshin Tigers skipper, dies at 85

Sachiyo Nomura, a TV celebrity who was the wife of former baseball manager Katsuya Nomura, died Friday at a hospital in Tokyo, the Tokyo Yakult ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 12:33 am

Saudi Arabia pushes Palestinians to consider nascent U.S. peace plan

Saudi Arabia pulled no punches when it condemned President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But Palestinian officials say Riyadh ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 12:31 am

Three North Koreans held in Hokkaido theft probe after fishing boat fails to escape coast guard

Three North Korean fishermen are arrested in Hokkaido in connection with a ransacked island hut after their ship tried to escape from the Japan Coast ...

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Posted on 9 December 2017 | 12:12 am

Australians start registering for same-sex weddings

Same-sex couples hurried to declare plans to tie the knot on Saturday as Australia’s new marriage equality law came into effect, with wedding registry offices ...

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Posted on 8 December 2017 | 10:59 pm

Two Palestinians dead in ‘day of rage’

Clashes, Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli airstrikes killed at least two people and wounded dozens of others on Friday in violence linked to U.S. President ...

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Posted on 8 December 2017 | 10:59 pm

Former aide to Arizona Republican Trent Franks says he offered her $5 million to carry his child

A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told AP the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her ...

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Posted on 8 December 2017 | 10:48 pm

China makes the EU nervous

The economic inroads Beijing is making in Eastern and Central Europe is raising concerns in the EU, Japan and the U.S.

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Posted on 8 December 2017 | 4:10 am

Aiming for truly universal health coverage

The idea that everyone should be able to access quality health services has finally claimed its rightful place at the top of the global health ...

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Posted on 8 December 2017 | 4:07 am

Trump teaches Palestinians about the new Mideast

Most of the Arab world is far more concerned about Iran than about the West Bank.

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Posted on 8 December 2017 | 4:07 am

Pushback against smoking ban was pitiful

Japan must catch up with the rest of the world to protect the health of its people. We are appalled to read the recent decision ...

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Posted on 7 December 2017 | 10:32 pm

U.S. must honor treaty obligations

Doug Bandow, in his opinion piece “War with North Korea is not a viable option” in the Nov. 30 edition, writes: “Of course the problem ...

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Posted on 7 December 2017 | 10:31 pm

New Zealand’s disgraceful lack of prosecution

Regarding the story “No prosecution over deadly Christchurch building collapse” in the Dec. 1 edition, the decision not to prosecute those responsible for the failures ...

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Posted on 7 December 2017 | 10:31 pm

Winter the best time for hiking

Regarding the story “Unlock wintery landscapes with a pair of snowshoes” in the Nov. 25 edition, I’d like to take exception with the statement that ...

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Posted on 7 December 2017 | 10:30 pm

Australia charts a flawed foreign policy course

Canberra has chosen to stick to the U.S. line rather than recognize the reality of China, work to improve relations with Beijing and commit to ...

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Posted on 7 December 2017 | 2:51 am

A victory for clean sports

Punishing Russia for its behavior is only part of the Olympic task: It is must also ensure that this does not happen again.

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Posted on 7 December 2017 | 2:50 am

The 2018 outlook for major central banks

The biggest risk to asset prices and the global economy would be if the most powerful institutions reduce their monetary stimulus at the same time.

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Posted on 7 December 2017 | 2:49 am

The EU’s crisis starts at home

A deep divide within EU states poses the biggest threat to the European project.

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Posted on 6 December 2017 | 3:05 am

The flu season has started

As the flu season begins, people should take preventative measures including vaccinations and frequent hand-washing.

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Posted on 6 December 2017 | 3:04 am

Accepting Europe’s anti-immigration parties

Europe's populist parties are deeply flawed, but their nativist outlook will become increasingly mainstream

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Posted on 6 December 2017 | 3:03 am

The madness of King Donald

The risk of a US military confrontation with North Korea, coupled with President Donald Trump's increasingly peculiar behavior, has put official Washington on edge.

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Posted on 5 December 2017 | 3:50 am

Craft income tax reforms carefully

The nation's income tax system should be adjusted to adapt to the diversification of the ways in which people now work.

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Posted on 5 December 2017 | 3:09 am

Let’s make 2018 the year of the wage surge

If the Abe administration wants companies to open their wallets, it must disrupt corporate Japan's incrementalism.

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Posted on 5 December 2017 | 3:08 am

Continue talks on Imperial succession rules

Given the lack of male heirs in the Imperial family, the discussion of succession rules should continue.

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Posted on 4 December 2017 | 3:00 am

Putting democracy’s troubles in context

History shows us that democracy has survived crises far greater than the present moment.

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Posted on 4 December 2017 | 2:59 am

 

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