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NIER International Symposium on Educational Reform 2016

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To further develop global human resource, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology plans to introduce English activity classes from Grade 3,which under the current system, starts from Grade 5. Grade 5 onward, the Ministry also plans to upgrade the English activity classes to an elementary school subject.
This symposium aims to share knowledge about English classes and activities that teachers are expected to include in their classrooms, and encourage discussion on the topic by learning from domestic and international advanced cases.

Basic information

Date and Time
January 19, 2016 13:00-17:00
3F Auditorium, Ministry of Education Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Organized by
National Institute for Educational Policy Research
Seating capacity
400 people
*Simultaneous translation will be provided in Japanese and English
*There is no attendance fee for joining this event


Greeting from the Director General, NIER
Tatsuya Otsuki

First Part:Keynote Address

"Developing global human resources and English education at primary level in Japan"

Kensaku Yoshida
Professor, Center for Language Education and Research, Sophia University

Presentations from various countries and economies
Presentation 1: Chinese Taipei
Yaming Tai
Associate Professor, National Taipei University of Education
Presentation 2: Thailand
Pornpimon Prasongporn
Lecturer, Srinakharinwirot University/Former Head of English Language Teaching Research and Development Division, Ministry of Education, Bangkok, Thailand
Presentation 3: Finland
Anu Halvari
Counsellor of Education, Finnish National Board of Education/Former Researcher, the University of Jyväskylä
Presentation 4: Japan
Satoshi Yamada
Supervisor, Gifu Prefectural Board of Education

Section 2: Panel Discussion

  Moderator :  
    Masao Niisato  
       Professor, Kansai Gaidai University 
    Kensaku Yoshida (Japan), Yaming Tai (Chinese Taipei), Pornpimon Prasongporn (Thailand), Anu Halvari (Finland), Satoshi Yamada (Japan)


Speakers, Panelists, etc. Handouts

Keynote address

Kensaku Yoshida Biography (PDF 34KB) Presentation Materials (PDF 2.17MB)

Presentations from various countries and economies

Yaming Tai Biography (PDF 40KB) Presentation Materials (PDF 973KB)
Pornpimon Prasongporn Biography (PDF 46KB) Presentation Materials (PDF 151KB)
Anu Halvari Biography (PDF 33KB) Presentation Materials (PDF 830KB)
Satoshi Yamada Biography (PDF 33KB) Presentation Materials (PDF 1.71MB)

Panel Discussion

Masao Niisato Biography (PDF 35KB)  


  NIER International Symposium on Educational Reform 2016


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