Departmental Bulletin Paper Picture Stories in Japanese Elementary School English Classrooms (1) An Overview

金子, 朝子

(918)  , pp.2 - 11 , 2017-04-01 , 昭和女子大学近代文化研究所
  This is an overview of a series of discussions on the effectiveness of using picture stories in elementary school English classrooms in Japan. English activities are now delivered mainly by homeroom teachers who are not specially trained to teach English. It is scheduled that all 5th and 6th graders will start learning English as a school subject in three years. In this context, picture stories will become very valuable and easy-to-use teaching materials. How both theoretical backgrounds and the revised course guide policy, which comes into force in 2020 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), promote the use of picture stories including read-aloud activities in classrooms are discussed.

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