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B. What is the connection between Entrance Examinations and the fact that many students do not learn to speak English in high school? Please write down your idea in English or Japanese.

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This is Keiko. She has a problem

This is Keiko. She has a problem

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Keiko wants to improve her English

Keiko wants to improve her English

She studied English for six years in Jr. High and in High School.

She bought several books on English Grammar.

She studied vocabulary on the train

She bought an electronic dictionary

She even went to an English Conversation School.

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Still, she still has trouble listening, understanding, reading and writing. What should she do?

Still, she still has trouble listening, understanding, reading and writing. What should she do?

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The Best Way for Keiko to improve her English is to learn how to read English for fun! Let me explain.

The Best Way for Keiko to improve her English is to learn how to read English for fun! Let me explain.

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Free Voluntary Reading (FVR)

Free Voluntary Reading (FVR)

Reading because you want to read

Reading what YOU want to read

No Book Reports

You can read magazines, comic books (漫画), childrens books, anything you want.

自由自発的読書

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Reading English without a Dictionary

Reading English without a Dictionary

Did you learn to read Japanese with a dictionary?

How did you understand new words?

What kinds of books did you read when you started reading Japanese?

Have you ever read a book in English (with no Japanese words)?

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Why should you not use a dictionary?

Why should you not use a dictionary?

Your reading will be too slow

Guessing the meaning of words is a very important part of becoming a good reader

Using a dictionary to look up every word is boring

You can circle words and look them up later to check their meanings

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Why use FVR?

Why use FVR?

In 51 out of 54 comparative studies

Students who practiced FVR had higher reading scores than students who learned how to read English in the usual (traditional) method.

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Singapore Results

Singapore Results

3 studies of 3,000 children aged 6-9

The children participated in a Reading and English Acquisition Program

The children who read English for fun learned English better than those who studied in the traditional way.

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