The current language learning system in Japan and recommendations for the future improvement

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The current norm
In Japan, English is regarded as a second language, so school pupils aged 11 start their English learning at school as a compulsory subject. At the same time, because of the current globalisation, many parents are very keen on their children learning English, and private tuition, such as cram schools and foreign institutions are very popular.

Likely learning methods and a tendency
The idea about learning foreign languages in the early stage of their childhood is effective because of children’s language development, but schools normally focus their students on their grammatical skills, so they tend to rely on paper-based materials. In addition, those textbooks hardly update, so some grammar and vocabulary are old-fashioned. Some private organisations invite native teachers from abroad, but the number of those is very small, thus, the tuition fee tends to be expensive.

Recommendations for improving language learning
To have a good command of English is essential under the current circumstances, so that children deserve a chance to communicate with native English speakers. To do so, online learning would be useful as well as learning at institutions. If children can access the online courses under adult supervision, that would be a great interactive way of improving their communication.

Conclusion
A basic knowledge of learning theories is essential, but not the only consideration, as practical skills are also important. What I would like to emphasise in this report is the balance between traditional methods and practical skills. When schools and organisations consider this point, children can be more sufficient language learners.

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The purpose of education and the practical skills

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Young people are going into society independently after their education, thus, working as an individual person requires not only knowledge but also the skill of communication with other people. Schools and universities should use some methods, such as work experience programmes and careers advice to help students to find suitable jobs.

Firstly, work experience programmes would provide a real insight into what the practical world is, because these opportunities would vary from every workplace. The environment, atmosphere and culture of the businesses are different even in the same industry. In addition, organisations which accept students under these programmes would take advantage because they can promote their businesses and also check whether students can fit into their businesses before being employed.

Secondly, the programmes above are useful for students, but those are active action, and some of the students might feel stressed and confused about their future career, so that careers advice would support their mind and motivation. Students at this age look mature, but they are still young and a support would be needed. Even though some of the teachers have no work experience, they are academic, and they can listen and talk as their pastoral care as well as careers advice.

In conclusion, work experience programmes are a win-win solution for both students and business entities, and especially students who might realise what they should learn at schools and universities. However, when they struggle with their outlook for their future, career advice will guide them their career path as well as their mental progress.

司法書士堀明子 – HORIakiko –
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The effects of mobile phones and other technological equipment for young children.

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Firstly, the word “young children” has a wide meaning, so I would like to make it clear I mean the children between aged 5-10 group and 11-17 group.

Children aged 5-10 are still small, and it would be hard for them to decide what is right and wrong properly, so using their own mobile phone is not ideal in any circumstances unless under adults’ supervision. In addition, children’s eyesight might be badly affected by the blue light which is beamed by mobile phones. The physical health of children in this age group should come first.

Although the health issue mentioned above should be prioritised for the children whose age is 11 to 17, but they are growing physically and mentally, so using their own device to some extent is needed for their social development nowadays, because many children have their own mobile as their communication tool. Getting used to the technological equipment might be useful when they become old enough, because most of the current systems are set up by computers and technology.

All of us should take account of the balance between the modern lifestyle and recent innovations. Adults have a responsibility both for children’s wellbeing and their technological interaction, and a flexible approach for young children is worth considering.

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To keep the environment clean and tidy

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There are many people and social activities in the urban environment, in particular, and to organise society, legislation is essential because the rule tells them how to keep it clean and tidy. Public awareness campaigns are followed by this to let as many people as possible realise the existence of the rule.

Firstly, when people come to a city, they bring their own ideas, culture and customs, which are not always welcomed by for the existing community because common decency is not always universal. That is why the law is needed, and when the public realises there is a punishment when violating the law, they become more careful. For example, when some urban local councils in Japan set a rule against smoking while walking, the smoking rate on the street became reduced.

Secondly, even if there is a rule, it would be meaningless if people didn’t know it. Public relations should be used for this purpose, and public awareness campaigns are the best option. Traditional campaigns, such as publishing it to local newspapers, putting up a poster on signboard are useful, but using online services would be more cost efficient. There are many technological ways for this publication, which are acceptable nowadays, by means of social networking, such as website, Twitter or Facebook.

In conclusion, legislation and public awareness are like the wheels of a vehicle, and when they work well, society becomes more well-balanced. When people acknowledge their local environment clean and tidy, that would be a feel-good factor for everybody, thus, everybody in the city should be involved as their responsibility.

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Balancing between comfort and development

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Children are the future adults who will sustain the economy and society, and they need to learn love, empathy, patience but because of their age, there are many things to learn in reality, and spending their time in various places would be good experiences for them. In my opinion, the loving family relationship is fundamental, and building up the networking with other people comes second.

Firstly, human bonding is most important for human beings because we are social creatures. when children feel secure in their young ages at home, they can be persistent and strive for anything after they become adults, because the security in their mind keeps them motivated and confronts any challenging situation they might encounter.

However, children are easily spoiled among family members, because the place is too comfortable and relaxing. They have to be independent mentally and physically, because that is the social responsibility for adults. An event in our daily life is not always welcoming and an unexpected matter happens often. Their time in nurseries or pre-schools is ideal for preparing them for this because there are many peers, who have different ideas, outlooks and customs.

As a conclusion, balancing between a warm family atmosphere and the community environment is critical because it supports children’s internal development and communication skills. A family should look after their children to build up their trust, and secondly disciplines are needed to learn events that happen in the actual world.

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Playing computer games

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Introduction

When I was a child, playing games was a family fun time. Card games and board games were my family’s favourite, and all family members were all together at night and at weekends. However, online games and computer games are popular these days, because they are easy to access, thanks to the development of the computer and the Internet.

Pleasure and learning points about computer games

In general, playing games is fun, and when several people play together, they can share this pleasure. However, it is not always possible to play with others, because everybody has their own plans. In terms of this, computer games are ideal, because people can play games at their leisure without caring about other people’s schedules. That is a great advantage of playing games on computer. In addition, computer games provide experiences and teach strategies. This knowledge would increase knowing how to tackle problem-solving.

Disadvantages

On the other hand, there are several disadvantages of playing computer games. If there are no restrictions on playing games, they become addicted and lose their control. This problem is called addiction, and this ultimately leads to upsetting the balance of their lives. Another disadvantage is a type of game. There are different kinds of games, such as board games, sports games and war games. In particular, war games are easily associated with violence, so choosing which kind of a game to play should be considered especially for young adults.

Conclusion

In conclusion, playing games is a good way of spending free time and learning some methods, but the selection of games and limitation of its playing times should be thoroughly organised. People should play games in an effective way, and should not let the games play them.

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The rise in consumerism

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The rise in consumerism in today’s society is true, because owning something is a symbol of wealth, so people buy things to achieve their desires. In terms of the cost, the system of mass production and mass consumption keep commodity prices down.

Firstly, in my opinion, humans’ innate desire to obtain something has never changed over the years, but since the industrial revolution, people can easily buy things they want, because many things can be made by machinery, which machines produce many things in reasonable prices. The face value of one product becomes cheaper, but in return, people become greedy to purchase things more, which cost a lot of money.

In addition, the statement above might give the impression that people don’t place importance on things, but the current meaning of “importance on things” is different from the one in the past. For example, people throw away an old-style television even though it is still working well, because they want the latest model, and consider brand, design and function as well. People prioritise their desire, which is the new way of their placing importance on things. To fulfil their desire, they spend a lot of money, and their satisfaction is the number one priority.

In conclusion, materialism allows people to consume many things, so they value their desire and motivation more, which is another meaning of the importance of goods and services. The price of things is lower nowadays, but when people spend their money on various matters, that costs a lot of money.

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Learning never ends.

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It has been said that what distinguishes humans from other animals is the long period of childhood development, in which we can learn and develop our intelligence.

It’s said that dogs and cats are fully grown at a year or 18 months and fully adult by two years old, so they can only learn a small number of necessary behaviours.

For many people, learning is a life-long experience, both academic learning and gaining practical skills, so that learning never ends.

We should not throw our lives away and do every effort to live. Life is hard to live, but Earth is still turning, the sun is still shining, the grass is still growing, so life goes on.

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The ethos of trust and duty of care

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All of us globally face a difficult situation because of the Covid-19 virus, which has greatly affected our working style. I have already introduced the policy of working from home with good governance.

At the beginning, it was difficult to arrange working conditions, and maintain this system, evaluation and surveillance for the staff are essential, so a daily report and an online meeting are required on a daily basis, which will become a burden for some workers. However, I prioritise the trust and duty of care among staff, and now I manage it.

Our wellbeing is also important, because our social responsibility as a legal practitioner in current society is taken into account legally and morally more than in the past one.

The number of people dying with Covid-19 virus has been declining, and the UK vaccine programme seems working, but it is better to stay vigilant.

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The balance of our lives – Reality and talent TV shows

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Nowadays, there are many different reality and talent TV shows. There are various views on these shows among TV viewers. Although it is fun to watch, it seems to me that these programmes produce the dumbing-down generation, in which especially children and adolescents are caught up in the idea that anyone can become famous.

Many early TV shows were surreal, which provided a fantasy or a view of escapism, but ones in recent years tend to fall in reality and talent TV shows whose aims are to attract many viewers. Because of this tendency, people, especially the young are fascinated by the idea that they can also achieve the similar fame one day.

Since TV was introduced, TV shows have offered a wide range of entertainment for the public. Like some quiz programmes and music shows, people on TV gave impressions they were someone special, but those trends were already developed enough, and the public wanted another aspect of entertainment. Nowadays, reality TV shows and programmes that ordinary people participate in are very popular, because viewers easily feel the sympathy, empathy and familiarity towards them.

The point mentioned above might be advantages for the TV industry because their nature is to amplify the viewers’ rate, but there are drawbacks. The more popular those shows are, the more self-centered people become. Especially, the young generations are still immature mentally, so they are easily affected by those programmes. Young adults spend too much time following the programmes on social media, applying for those ones and creating their own self-image online.

TV shows are cheap entertainment in our daily life, so there is nothing wrong with those programmes, but if people intensify their appearances and the ways they speak or sing too much, they lose the balance of their lives. TV industry should recognise not only their popularity but also their responsibility.

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