What Japanese expect from Japanese English teachers


This survey from goo Ranking looks at what expectations Japanese have for fellow Japanese English conversation teachers – note that this means that the survey refers to adult learners, not school children.


Between the 8th and 13th of March 2012 1,055 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 51.2% of the sample were female, 16.9% in their twenties, 41.7% in their thirties, and 41.4% in their forties. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Sort-of related, here’s a very interesting quote from the Osaka City governer on what he expects from English teachers in schools – I like the thought, but I don’t think teachers can just change subjects like that:

Teaching is also a form of status. There are many English teachers incapable of English. On the other hand, they have teachers who’ve come back from living in the United States teaching social studies. That’s all they have a license for. Next to the teachers fluent in English are the English teachers who can’t speak English at all, and the teachers back from the United States teach about the Japanese Diet, of which they know nothing.

Ranking results

Q: What expectations do you have for Japanese English conversation teachers? (Sample size=1,055)

Rank Score
1I am able to ask about points I don’t understand in Japanese100
2Because they understand what Japanese are weak at, they can empathise with my problems43.1
3They can focus their teaching on grammar, nuances that Japanese make mistakes with37.7
4They can teach me how to appropriately express Japanese-specific nuances in English29.6
5Easy to pick up their spoken English24.6
6They can teach me ways to study that meet my needs16.2
7They teach me until I can fully understand14.1
8They can politely answer questions that are just a couple of words strung together11.8
9They have clear pronunciation, a goal for me to aim at9.1
10They know the tricks for getting a high score on the TOEIC test7.7
11They can talk from experience of the process of getting a high score on the TOEIC test5.1
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