It’s already common knowledge that an English education is necessary to succeed in the global market and most Japanese parents believe that. However, a study by Rakuten Research shows that nearly 90% of respondents are not happy with Japan’s english education.
In a poll conducted with 1,000 parents with young children, 86.6 of them are dissatisfied with the way English is being taught in the country, and only 13.4 are quite happy with it. The survey’s multiple answer questions reveal that parents are unhappy mostly with the fact that most of the classes do not improve practical English skills and that there is a lack of opportunity for the students to actually speak the language. There is also discrepancy between entrance-exam English and practical English.
But the good news is that 93.6 of parents want their children to have a global viewpoint and 83.3% want their children to be globally competitive. Some solutions that they have to combat their dissatisfaction is to hire native English speakers, full-time teachers and teachers that have had global experience. 52.8% believe in switching from exam English to practical English and 51.5% emphasised the need to have constant English conversation for practice. The conductor of the study is the research arm of Rakuten Inc, a shopping site operator that switched to English as the official site language.