Departmental Bulletin Paper Initial Teacher Education for EFL:Accredited Higher Education Institutions Facing a New Phase

Inoue, Yuko

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As of April 2014, more than 300 Japanese higher education institutions accredited by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology or MEXT provide the pre-service teacher education for English language. There has been a serious problem about student teachers having practicum trainings at school, particularly those acquiring a teacher’s license only or those lacking fundamental skills or aptitude. Presently MEXT requires each institution to maintain or improve its teacher training education, seeking the standardization of teaching credentials. This paper attempts to clarify the dilemmas of initial teacher education programs for EFL at colleges or universities under the MEXT reforms of standardization of teaching credentials, as well as the gap between the MEXT guidelines and the realities that initial teacher education providers and secondary schools are facing from the perspective of a person who has been in charge of English pedagogy at university for nearly 20 years.
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