Japan's education ministry released draft revisions of the country's curriculum guidelines for elementary and junior high schools on Tuesday, including adoption of English as a regular subject for elementary school fifth- and sixth-graders.
Under the curriculum revision plans, a teaching method designed to encourage students to independently find problems and solutions through debate and presentation will be introduced in all subjects, following the "active learning" concept proposed by the ministry's Central Council for Education.
To respond to globalization, the revised curriculum will move up the schedule in elementary schools to start English education, according to the draft.
In the third and fourth grade, students will learn how to speak and listen to English so as to get used to it.
Students in the fifth and sixth grades, who are currently participating in class activities using English, will have to study the language as a regular subject, including reading and writing it, and take 70 lessons a year.
An event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the release of Nissan Motor Co.'s Skyline - the auto manufacturer's signature car - was held at Roppongi Hills in Minato Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday. (the-japan-news.com)