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I took the TOEIC test today

I took the TOEIC test today as I described before. The place for the test was Taisho University, Toshima, Tokyo. I went into a building (perhaps, bldg.10) and went into a classroom on the fifth floor. My seat was at the corner near a door. The classroom looked clear and comfortable. I thought a private college was quite different from national one in a financial way because there were two plasma display panels and a clock on the wall so that students could work on studying. Some examiner were there and they gave us examinee lots of instructions about the test and their policy. They checked sound out of a speaker device: no problem. I experienced this time the atmosphere of TOEIC tests like this again.

I took part in Facebook myself the other day as I announced in the previous article. I got to know a Finnish woman, Suvi, a student at University of Helsinki (I showed her with a symbol S in that article before). I surveyed a little the educational system in Finland. Recently educational methods in Finland have globally attracted lots of attention. Many programme on television are held about that education system even in Japan as you may know. So I got interested in their system of education especially in early years. I read an article named Finland on Wikipedia (English version). You can easily find their education system quite different from Japan and other countries. Why Finnish people can speak English fluently even though Finnish language is quite different from English?

The education system surely contributes their abilities to use English effectively but it's not only the reason. So it's partially because they have lots of entertainments made in America: English contents. They are familiar with English programme on television so far and from now. This is a really different situation compared with Japanese people. Finnish people have been learning English to have a great fun, not to use for business directly. Such a cultural difference is just critical, I think. We, Japanese people can have a great fun in Japanese because almost every programme on television, radio, net is available in Japanese and a great number of books written in foreign languages are translated in Japanese quickly. That's why, I don't need to learn English as a second language basically.

Let me get back to the main stream: about TOEIC. I felt I scored at least 700, at most 800. At the same time, I realised my weakness in grammar and vocabulary. It seemed I needed to rebuild my knowledge better. I criticised TOEIC as a test but this finding sounded helpful for me. I'll make use of this experience and feeling to go further in learning from now.

By the way, I'd show you a sentence quoted from an article entitled 英語教育 on Wikipedia (Japanese edition):

なお、2007年度の文部科学省の調査によると、英検準1級以上、TOEIC730点以上、TOEFL550点以上を取得している英語教員の割合は、中学では全体のわずか26.6%、高校でも50.6%だった。また中学3年生で英検3級以上の英語力があるのは全体の33.7%、高校3年生で英検準2級以上なのは27.8%だった[4]。

(Translation are shown below.)

According to the survey by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2007 (as a fiscal year), ratios of school teachers of English who have lisences of semi-primary level of English Test, scores of more than 730 in TOEIC or more than 550 in TOEFL were 26.6 % and 50.6 % at junior-high and high school respectively. Beside, a ratio of three-year junior-high school students whose language abilities qualified tertiary level of English Test was 33.7 % and a ratio of three-year high school students who had abilities equivalent to more than semi-secondary level of English Test was 27.8 %.

What do you think of the fact that most Japanese people cannot use English as their own languages although their experiences of learning are usually at least six years? What's more, even teachers of English don't have sufficient ability. I'm totally disappeared. Both teachers and students are not serious at all about English in Japan, after all. How do we do about this critical problem?


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