In Japan, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology will introduce the new system in elementary schools nationwide in 2011; the fifth and the sixth graders will have one English-class a week, 35 English-classes a year.
Apart from English-class in elementary schools, we have a lot of English schools so that children can go and learn English if their parents can afford to pay a relaively high tuition fees.
At present mainly an ALT(native-speaker of English) conducts each class with a Japanese homeroom teacher as a supporter.
I understand there are a lot of good ALTs but I've heard some ALTs are not qualified, even worse they have no passion to teach English just like a tourist mood.
The problem is that there is no authorized system or people to check their ways, procedures and correct them if something wrong is discovered.
I would like to know how your own country copes with English-teaching in elementary schools and whether it works well or not.
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