96 Japanese English teachers are leaving Japan for the United States this month for a 6 month training program. The goal of the program is to advance their skill set, but the teachers all in their 20’s to 40’s vowed today to make the most of their visit and use it to increase their global understanding.
The junior high and high school teachers will be sent to 7 universities across America where they will be enrolled in courses that discuss American teaching methods. While living here they will be based in local families and employed as interns at secondary schools.
“I hope I can improve my English teaching skills through the program and return the favor by nurturing students who will open their eyes to the international community, Kaori Taguchi, one of the participating students, said.
This influx of students comes as Prime Minister Naoto Kan seeks to increase the exchange of people from Japan and America, as part of his discussion with President Obama in November. With 50 years of a Japan-American alliance, cultural understanding through exchanges has become a dominant pillar.