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“Rakuten” Means Business: Rakuten – A Japanese Company that Requires Its Japanese Employees to speak English – with each other!

By Daisuke Wakabayashi Source: Wall Street Journal – Japan When Rakuten Inc. introduced an English-only policy for company communications in May 2010 as part of founder and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani’s push to globalize the Japanese Web commerce firm, critics questioned … Continue reading

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Competition is Great for Games, but Education is Not a Game

When I was in high school, I competed in any sport my school would or could offer. I loved the thrill of winning, of being first, or second, or third. I enjoyed practicing different aspects of the various games. Often, … Continue reading

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#Edcamp Santiago: Is There A Place For The Passive?

Is There A Place For the Passive? by Thomas Baker Japan TESOL Journal Excerpt Introduction Writers of stylebooks and many teachers, the latter perhaps influenced by the former, often advise students to “use the active voice” (see Hacker 2008; Manser … Continue reading

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Yes I Can: Japan’s English Teacher

When Utako Sakai was changing the background music in her beauty parlor recently, she did not opt for the classical piano pieces she usually chose. Instead, she picked her favorite CD: “President Obama’s Inaugural Address,” released by Asahi Press, a … Continue reading

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The Impact of Being a Black Native Speaker: Undesirable & Unwanted in Japan & Korea (& China)

Richard Evans • I teach in Latin America with experience in Asia and the Middle East. It think everybody has essentially hit the true elements of the situation. The biggest one, though is student/parent perception. My experience is that students … Continue reading

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