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Monday, September 8th

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Mr. Jeff Streeter, Director of the British Council in Japan
Title: “Learning English & other key skills in the 21st century – How much is enough?”
Venue: Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG)
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: Map. About a 15-minute stroll from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit.


Synopsis
As Japan seeks to develop more “Global Jinzai”, improving the language skills of young people is very much back on the agenda within the overall education reform process. However, various questions need to be addressed first. For example, just what kind of language (or languages) should we be seeking to learn and teach? How much is enough? And how will we know when we have succeeded? Mr. Streeter will be using these questions as a framework for discussing some key issues for language and skills development policy.

Mr. Jeff Streeter has been with the British Council since 1988 and has worked for the organisation in many different capacities and in a wide range of countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia. He was fortunate enough to work in Kyoto for a couple of years in the 1990s. Mr. Streeter was born in Devon, in the South West of England and was brought up in the countryside. He studied English language and literature at undergraduate and graduate level at the universities of Oxford and East Anglia has been an avid reader ever since. Having spent many years in Latin America, he is a fluent Spanish speaker and attempts to translate literature from the region into English in his spare time.


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Forthcoming ASJ Meetings

October 20th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Mr. Klaus Naumann. ASJ Council Member from 1976-1979.
Title: Mr. Naumann’s scholarship on Japanese art (provisional)
Venue: Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG)
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: Map. About a 15-minute stroll from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit.

The 10th Young Scholars Program (YSP) will be held on Monday, November 17th.