Guidelines for Elementary Schools: Foreign Language Activities
http://www.mext.go.jp/component/english/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2011/03/17/1303755_011.pdf



When teaching elementary school, reviewing The New Course of Study can help you to determine your goals. Since 2011, all elementary schools have been teaching English Communication through foreign langauge or English activities, 32 times a year to 5th and 6th graders. In some school English classes are also taught for learners younger than 5th grade. The main textbook for 5th and 6th grades from 2012~2013 is Hi Friends. This textbooks is very similar to the Eigo Note textbook used since 2009 when 5th and 6th grade elementary school students began studying English through "Foreign Language Activities" and the Eigo Note textbook.