Implementing Language Education Policy to “Conduct Classes in English” in Japanese Senior High Schools

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Gregory Paul Glasgow, The University of Queensland, Australia


In 2009, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) revised its national Course of Study for upper secondary schools and mandated that English subjects be conducted in English. However, in view of both native English-speaking and Japanese teachers’ uncertainty about their roles in enacting the new policy, it is questionable as to whether or not it will be implemented successfully. This study, a combination of questionnaires and follow-up interviews, seeks to determine senior high school teachers’ perceptions regarding the efficacy of the policy and propose suggestions for future consideration.