Examining the New Course of Study of Japan


The Course of Study, set by The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, describes overall framework in education system, from elementary school to high school education. It provides goals, contents, and guidelines for instructions for all subject areas and has been revised every ten years. The newest Course of Study was revised in 2017 and have been implemented during the past four years. In terms of English education, responding to the rapid growth of globalization, emphasize is given to the ability to effectively communicate in various situations. Increased number of vocabularies required are observed, which seems having an intention to raise the overall level of students’ language proficiency. The study compares two groups of college students, one had no experience of such increase and the other group had one year (high school senior period) experience. The study measures their placement test scores, vocabulary sizes, and their attitudes toward English language learning. The IBM SPSS Statistics is used for numerical presentation, distributions, frequency, and correlation analysis. The study found significant differences in the above-mentioned variables. It also found correlations between their vocabulary size and attitudes toward English learning. More students who learn English under the new Course of Study is expected to increase. The continuation of examining students learning as well as their attitudes toward English learning would play important role to examine and evaluate the current Course of Study. The accumulation of such data can be beneficial for improvement or modification on the next revision.

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Minako Inoue, Health Science University, Japan

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Conference: SEACE2024
Stream: Higher education

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To cite this article:
Inoue M. (2024) Examining the New Course of Study of Japan ISSN: 2435-5240 The Southeast Asian Conference on Education 2024: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-5240.2024.36
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-5240.2024.36

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