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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

U.S. looking to Japan for help in boosting LNG exports to Asia

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Electric jet startup could become ‘Uber in the sky’

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 2:19 am

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 2:02 am

Onodera, Okinawa deputy governor criticize U.S. forces for resuming CH-53 helicopter flights soon after accident

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 1:54 am

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 1:38 am

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 1:37 am

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 1:15 am

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 12:44 am

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 12:28 am

U.S. Pacific Command chief Harris says Kim’s nuclear ambitions are a ‘recipe for disaster’

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 12:12 am

Indonesian Army slaughter of 100,000 civilians was supported by U.S., declassified files show

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 12:07 am

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 12:02 am

Japanese police processed 7,625 tailgating incidents in 2016, including apparent cases of road rage

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 11:52 pm

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 11:35 pm

Catalonia rejects Madrid’s Thursday deadline for renouncing symbolic declaration of independence

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 11:35 pm

Rumors of his demise greatly exaggerated, China’s Jiang rises from the ‘dead’ for key party congress

Rumored to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese President Jiang Zemin roused social media users Wednesday by taking a prominent place at ...

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 11:31 pm

Independents from DP eye realignment after election

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 11:28 pm

Despite claims to the contrary, Trump has not called all bereaved military families

President Donald Trump has pulled bereaved military families into a painful political fight of his own making, going so far Tuesday as to cite the ...

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 11:26 pm

How a homemade tool helped North Korea’s missile program

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 11:19 pm

French scientists find anomaly in retinal cells that may be the cause of dyslexia

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 11:12 pm

China races ahead in public use of facial-recognition technology, for good or for ill

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 11:00 pm

In a small Nara city, Lower House vote set to test Kibo no To’s strength against LDP

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 10:52 pm

Tokyo’s ‘Blade Library’ offers joy of blade running to amputees

Haruta Saito, a young amputee who dreams of becoming a Paralympian, remembers strapping on a prosthetic “running blade” for the first time.The 10-year-old, whose right ...

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 10:47 pm

Islamic State’s defeat in Raqqa brings U.S. new challenge to commit to a strategy for region

The defeat of the Islamic State group in its de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, may be only the start of a wider struggle by ...

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 10:44 pm

Victims in Las Vegas shooting may secure damages from affluent gunman’s estate

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 10:43 pm

North Korea, feared to hold nuclear test at start of Chinese congress, sends congratulations

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 10:31 pm

Xi opens Chinese party congress with warning against challenges to leadership

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 10:31 pm

Japan’s coastal fishing industry takes on reforms to boost profits and sustainability

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 10:20 pm

Hillary Clinton says U.S. threats of war with North Korea ‘dangerous, short-sighted’

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that “cavalier” threats to start war on the Korean Peninsula are “dangerous and short-sighted,” urging the...

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 10:20 pm

Myanmar systematically killed hundreds of Rohingya in expulsion campaign, Amnesty International says

Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report ...

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 9:44 pm

The Kobe Steel fiasco tells a much bigger story

The Kobe Steel scandal offers insights into why more Japanese households aren't feeling the benefits of today's 2.5 percent growth.

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 4:00 am

Economic promises versus the record

Before casting their ballots, voters should review the nearly five years of Abenomics and what changes it brought to the economy and their lives.

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 3:59 am

Yes, build the border wall!

It's time to build a wall — and, in doing so, prevent an estimated 600,000 "dreamers" from being deported.

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 3:58 am

What North Korea learned from the Kosovo War

Pyongyang views NATO's willingness to use force in Kosovo just four years after Washington signed the Dayton Agreement with Milosevic in 1995 as proof that ...

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 3:57 am

Austria’s millennial hope walks a fine line

If Sebastian Kurz fails to control the scary forces bubbling under the Freedom Party's surface, both Austria and the EU will regret that he got ...

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 3:56 am

Trump is strengthening Iran’s radicals

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Posted on 17 October 2017 | 3:55 am

The Iran nuclear deal is bad — and necessary

So long as Tehran remains compliant, the nuclear deal — however bad it is — remains our best chance to prevent Iran from becoming a ...

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Posted on 16 October 2017 | 7:00 am

Five steps that can bring peace in Myanmar

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Posted on 16 October 2017 | 6:59 am

A world without exhaust pipes

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Posted on 16 October 2017 | 6:58 am

Trump threatens Iran nuclear deal — and more

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision last week to decertify the Iran nuclear deal undercuts American power and influence in the world.

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Posted on 16 October 2017 | 6:57 am

Do automakers dream of electric cars?

The automotive industry is precariously poised between a glamorous past and an opaque road ahead.

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Posted on 16 October 2017 | 6:56 am

Japan Inc. scandals build case for corporate reform

Another big scandal is rocking corporate Japan. This time it’s Kobe Steel Ltd., a major producer, which has confessed to faking data on the quality ...

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Posted on 16 October 2017 | 6:55 am

The need for more proactive communications

Businesses and brands must be prepared to default to more diversity rather than homogeneity in their relations with stakeholders and consumers.

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Posted on 15 October 2017 | 2:15 am

Too much power for the prime minister?

If there is room for abuse, discussions are needed on whether the prime minister's power to dissolve the Lower House should be restricted.

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Posted on 15 October 2017 | 2:14 am

Are we at the demise of dollar diplomacy?

Pundits have been saying last rites for the dollar's global dominance since the 1960s. They may finally be right.

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Posted on 15 October 2017 | 2:13 am

Passive smoking and children

Tokyo has set a good example for the rest of Japan with its by-law to protect kids from secondhand smoke.

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Posted on 14 October 2017 | 3:02 am

A Nobel for humility in field of economics

Instead of trying to design a new theory-of-everything to explain anomalies, Richard Thaler borrowed or created situation-specific theories.

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Posted on 14 October 2017 | 3:00 am

Two winds are blowing through Japan

From the "turbulence" of external political developments to the gale-force Fourth Industrial Revolution, Japan needs to brace for the future.

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Posted on 13 October 2017 | 4:10 am

Responding to the suffering from the nuclear crisis

Lawmakers need to come to grips with the lessons from the 2011 accident and the government's responsibility for the safety of nuclear power.

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Posted on 13 October 2017 | 4:00 am

Political realignment leaves voters on shaky ground

Japanese will vote in the Oct. 22 general election amid uncertainty and confusion resulting from the recent realignment of the political landscape.

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Posted on 13 October 2017 | 3:58 am

 

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