“That Was a Masterpiece!”: Crafting Effective Workshops for Japanese Pre-Service Teachers of English


The implementation of the new Course of Study Guidelines in Japan has increased the demands on teachers at elementary, junior, and senior high schools. Regrettably, the support structure for English teachers in the public system is sadly lacking. Every day, novice English teachers in Japan are facing challenges for which their pre-service training has failed to prepare them (Mouri, 2020; Tahira, 2012). This paper explicates a research project that aims to understand and support the practical needs of pre-service English teachers who intend to teach at junior high schools and senior high schools in Japan. Pre-service teachers of English (n=20) were asked to identify what topics they would like to be included in teacher-training workshops designed to address their needs. In 2022, two workshops were held taking into account these perceived needs. This paper focuses on the efficacy of the first workshop which was based on the participants’ (n=12) informal and written feedback. This research project aims to provide realistic solutions to practical problems which English teachers in Japan face every day. It is hoped that fellow educators will find this paper useful when considering making changes to their own educational contexts.

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Tony Cripps, Nanzan University, Japan
Takao Imai, Nanzan University, Japan
Sean H. Toland, The International University of Kagoshima, Japan
Hiroki Uchida, Akita International University, Japan

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Professional Training

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To cite this article:
Cripps T., Imai T., Toland S., & Uchida H. (2023) “That Was a Masterpiece!”: Crafting Effective Workshops for Japanese Pre-Service Teachers of English ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2023.27
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2023.27

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