The Project for the Improvement of Basic Academic Ability: A Report on the First Two Years of “Eigo-Terakoya”―English Remedial Classes
The Project for the Improvement of Basic Academic Ability
English Remedial Class
English language teaching at college
This is a report on the first two years of “Eigo-Terakoya”—English Remedial Classes. This is a main program of the Project for the Improvement of Basic Academic Ability at Kure National College of Technology. In order to improve students’ English ability, we offered extracurricular remedial classes named “Eigo-Terakoya” in the latter terms of the academic years 2009 and 2010. This program is targeted at first-year and second-year students who were thought likely to fail English classes. Based on the results of the first year implementation, we modified the program the next year. After the second year, more than 80 percent of the first-year students improved their results in General English I, while more than 70 percent of the second-year students improved in the subject of the same name. According to the questionnaire completed by the students, many respondents were satisfied with learning in Terakoya, and felt that they had progressed in English ability. Educational advisors (Terakoya teachers) also responded to the survey on teaching in Terakoya. The results show some problems, namely that Eigo-Terakoya cannot meet every demand of various students and only limited effects are to be expected. We also discuss the advantages and disadvantages in the case that a regular teacher, not a part-time teacher hired as an educational advisor, taught in the remedial classes.