While English education is quite widespread in Japanese society, what people expect for the English education may be varied by each person. Thus it seems that the criterion of the successful English education has to be defined before evaluating it. My ideas of the successful English education are
a) The students are highly motivated through the classes
b) The students can gain confidence in their English ability
With using the definitions above, this essay will argue that Japan’s English education is a failure because:
1) The students’ spirits toward the English is not so high
2) The majority of students cannot use English without feeling the inferiority complex.
First of all, the number of students those who like English is fairly low. According to a survey conducted by the Benesse Educational Research Center, it is only 39% of junior high school students those who answered they like English. It is just for your information, but the figure is the lowest among all subjects, such as Japanese, science, mathematics and so forth. There may be little doubt that students need to be getting involved in the subjects if they would like to get most out of it. Especially, in the language education, the learners’ motivations might become one of the most crucial factors which decide their achievements. Therefore, this number shows the negative aspect of the English education in Japan.
In addition to the above, majority of Japanese cannot communicate with foreign people in English, without feeling inferiority complex. Certainly, MEXT requires the all Japanese students to study English so that they can obtain a sort of “global literacy”, which is the ability to communicate with the people all over the world. However, in reality, only very few Japanese can communicate in English, even if there are more Japanese those who know about English quite a lot. What I want to say here is not about their ability but the mental aspects. I believe that Japanese should not feel the inferiority complex even if their English is not like that of the native speaker’s because as long as they have negative feeling, it may be very difficult to achieve the communication in the situations such as negotiation or discussion.
In conclusion, it seems to me that Japan’s English education is a failure because it attracts not so mach interests from students, and Japanese people feels inferiority complex in their English skills.Reference
Benesse Educational Research Center