"However, as many teachers lack advanced English skills, schools often conduct such classes with the help of assistant language teachers (ALTs).
If English becomes an official primary school subject, more teachers with advanced English teaching skills will be needed. However, arranging a full-time teacher for this purpose is restricted by budget restraints. As a result, the ministry concluded it is imperative to strengthen the teaching ability of homeroom teachers and others in charge of third- to sixth-graders.”
- Ministry to train ‘English leaders’
"It also suggested expanding the program for the long-term dispatch of Japanese-language experts to foreign countries, which the Japan Foundation—the core organization for promoting the Japanese language abroad—has been implementing with the aim of increasing the number of foreigners teaching Japanese in their own countries.
If these policy measures prove effective in increasing the number of foreigners learning Japanese, their understanding of Japan will become deeper. This will increase the number of people who are pro-Japanese and knowledgeable about Japan.
Such measures also should prove useful for Japanese companies, which are increasingly launching overseas operations, to secure local Japanese-speaking staff.”
- Greater effort needed to promote Japanese-language learning abroad
PROBLEM: Japan needs better English teachers!
SOLUTION: Have Japanese train other Japanese to teach English.
PROBLEM: The world needs more Japanese speakers!
SOLUTION: Send experts abroad to train foreigners to teach Japanese in their own countries.
What if there’s a single solution to these problems that doesn’t entail non-native speakers training others to teach a second-language?
"The report stressed that the biggest impediment faced by institutions teaching Japanese overseas is securing a sufficient number of Japanese-language teachers. It also pointed out that Japan had failed to provide foreigners with such advantages as studying in this country or finding jobs in Japanese companies."
THERE IT IS. The magic bullet is to proactively welcome immigrants to Japan, increasing the availability of native English speakers within Japan while simultaneously expanding the number of Japanese-speakers worldwide through internationalization. That was easy!
So…does the government send me a direct deposit, or do I have to go to my local prefectural assembly to receive cash?