This paper examines English Communication classes in Japanese universities. First, a brief overview of English education in Japan is provided. This includes plans for reform, as well as information concerning the limited opportunities that Japanese students have to
use English outside the classroom. Second, the writers discuss the effects that classroom size and layout, as well as the number of
students in each class, have on student interaction and performance. Third, in conclusion, the writers suggest that teachers explore a taskbased approach to language teaching, as well as the use of classrooms specifically designed for an approach that emphasizes active learning.