It is little wonder that so many students, both international and local, choose to study English courses. Proficient and skilled use of the English language can enhance career prospects, allow you to achieve success in business and can open up many opportunities when you choose to study with a credible English school.
This is an exciting time in Japan. Our English language experts are following current reform efforts, and we look forward to supporting Japanese students, teachers and professionals improve their English communication skills, and by extension their global competitiveness. For additional information on the TOEFL family of academic English tests, visit
#4: With the world becoming so much closer and more connected, opportunities to travel and explore different parts of the world are more available and, as a result of having studied English, travellers are better able to communicate. In so many parts of the world, English is the common language that is spoken and when you have a command of the English language, travelling and interacting with people of different nationalities can become easier and more enjoyable.
#5: In terms of academia, English is the language most commonly spoken by academics worldwide. Of course, some important research and work occurs in all countries and in a variety of languages, but the vast majority tends to have been conducted, composed and published with the English language as its basis. Academics and scholars that have some knowledge of English frequently find that sharing their ideas and findings with their peers globally is more readily facilitated by their mastery of the English language.
#3: Arguably the greatest advantage of studying English is that your career prospects and employment opportunities can vastly increase. People who can speak English fluently (possibly together with a first language) are highly sought after by companies of many types, including international companies. When seeking work, proficiency and confidence in speaking and understanding English can put you at a distinct advantage.
#1: Without question, English is one of the most widely spoken languages. English is used in many parts of the world and is often the language that is common to people who have a first language other than English.
#2: When it comes to business and matters of trade, the English language tends to be the common currency. By studying English through a respected English school, you can expect to be able to conduct business transactions, write and respond to documents such as: emails, memos, contracts, agreements and reports and possibly pursue a career in business.
The TOEFL iBT® test measures all four skills in an integrated fashion, exactly in the way that English is used at the university level. TOEFL Junior tests assess if students have the communicative skills they need to succeed in a classroom that uses English. It is designed for students ages 11 and up, and gives teachers comprehensive performance feedback to tailor their teaching, helping them pinpoint where help is needed most to build students’ skills, and guide conversations with parents.
For all English learners, the TOEFL family of academic English-language tests can also be valuable tools to help teachers effectively measure students’ English-language proficiency and contribute to communication-focused English-language teaching and learning.
Also, recently, Edusoft, a subsidiary of ETS, and itself one of the pioneering companies offering English learning solutions, worked with AEON to create Power Up Reading, a customized online academic reading course for its students. It is a self-study program monitored by AEON teachers. It is three months long, has 12 intermediate-level reading comprehension lessons and a final test. It also offers a customized weekly report about students’ progress for AEON teachers and students have access to Edusoft’s interesting Discoveries Magazine.
#7: Australia has many English schools that are renowned for their success in teaching students’ English and the quality and range of the English courses that they provide. Successful English schools and colleges tend to offer great value for money and support structures to assist students to learn effectively and grow in knowledge, skills and confidence. When you do choose to study English, your education is an investment and it is incredibly important that you derive exceptional value for your money.
Last fall ETS master instructors came to Japan to offer a special Propell Workshop to AEON trainers from across the country. These master instructors develop actual TOEIC and TOEFL tests and by the time the intensive workshops were over, participants had new and powerful techniques to using the integrated-skills approach to teaching Japanese students English as a second language and preparing them for success.
But regardless of when you begin learning English, the best way to do so is with engaging materials, talented teachers and an opportunity to develop everyday conversational ability utilizing the four skills — listening, speaking, reading and writing. For more than 40 years AEON Corporation has grown to become one of the leading private educational institutes of its kind in Japan. They know how to engage learners.
More and more countries are introducing English-language instruction earlier in school. Japanese students begin learning English in the fifth grade and receive more intensive instruction in junior high and high school. MEXT’s call to introduce English-language instruction in third grade is a positive step in that direction.