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Thursday, 11th November 2010
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Japan plans US teacher training scheme

A new scheme could enable Japanese teachers to travel abroad to improve their English language skills.

Prime minister Naoto Kan is set to agree a new initiative with president Barack Obama that will give teachers the opportunity to visit the US, reports the Guardian.

The two governments are expected to confirm the new plans during a forthcoming visit from the president to Japan and it is likely that the scheme will cover primary, middle and secondary school teachers who have recently qualified. They could remain in the US for up to two years learning new language and teaching skills.

According to the Daily Yomiuri newspaper, the new project could lead to the end of the current Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) scheme that allows native English speakers to gain experience as assistants in Japanese schools.

Over 50,000 people have been involved in JET since it was launched in 1987; however, the government is likely to reduce funding of the scheme by 2011.

A total of 4,334 people from more than 35 countries are involved in this year's JET scheme.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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