Follow-up Investigation into English Education Perceived by Students in High School in Akita Prefecture : Its Ideal in the 1994-2002 Course of Study and Reality in Classes :

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To supplement and verify findings in the 2001-2002 Griffith-Akita joint research analysis, the present questionnaire research was made through the perception of university freshmen with recent memories of their high school English classes. The objective of this study was to present what had been occurring in high school English classes from three viewpoints: the learning and teaching purposes, the gap between the ideal in the 1994-2002 Course of Study and the reality in classes, and the influence of university entrace examinations. A questionnaire was administered to 303 first-year students at Akita University and the Japanese Red Cross Junior College of Akita. This research shows several major findings. First, about 20% of the students learn English positively to pass entrace examinations or as one of the school subjects; another 20% learn English, satisfied with learning basic communication skills; the other 60% of the students learn English, suppressing their demand to learn more practical English, just accepting it as what they have to learn, or feeling discontent with the present teaching methods for communicative teaching. Second, the emphases on communication in the 1994-2002 Course of Study have not been sufficiently incorporated into actual classes. Third, high school English classes are predominantly conducted for university entrace examinations.


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