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Foreign teachers in Japan quote of the day

“It was called a “university” but its proper name was a school of languages. The Japanese had very primitive ideas concerning the fitness of men to teach… Anyone who could speak English could evidently teach it. The idea of a trained professional foreign teacher was never entertained by them… The “Professors” at first obtained were often ex-bartenders, soldiers, sailors, clerks, etc. When teaching, with pipe in mouth, and punctuating their instructions with oaths, or appearing in the classroom top-heavy, the Japanese concluded that such eccentricities were merely national peculiarities.”

 William Elliot Griffis, visiting the first Meiji era university in January 1871. Not much has changed!

Quoted in “Learning to Be Modern” by Byron K Marshall

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2 Comments»

  Sandy wrote @

It’s good to know that EFL teachers can be relied upon to be so consistent – even across the centuries!

  Sandy wrote @

Aah, it’s very reassuring to know that EFL teachers can be relied upon to be so consistent – even across the centuries!


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