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ERIC Number: EJ782516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0265-5322
The 150-Year History of English Language Assessment in Japanese Education
Sasaki, Miyuki
Language Testing, v25 n1 p63-83 2008
In the present study I describe the 150-year history of school-based English language assessment in Japan. The history is divided into four major periods according to the purposes of English language education set by the government in the different periods: (1) 1860 to 1945, when English was first introduced and taught in schools mainly for elite classes; (2) 1945 to 1970, when English became part of the compulsory education for the first time; (3) 1970 to 1990 when English began to be regarded as the most effective means to communicate with foreign people in the rapidly shrinking world; and (4) 1990 to the present, when several innovative policies have been introduced into classroom measurement systems. I describe how assessment practices for English education at schools in each of these periods were and still are affected by various factors, including political, economic, and demographic changes in society, as well as academic paradigm shifts in the fields of education and applied linguistics. (Contains 1 figure and 12 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan