I) Overview
In spring of 2013 there will be the implementation of The New Course of Study for all senior high school first year students. Similar to junior high school, the new guidelines for seinor high schools place langauge activities at the center of langauge teaching, and emphasize that all four skills in "langauge activities" be interlinked for comprehensive learning. Also, for the first time the national guidelines state that classes should in principle be taught in English. The vocabulary size for students also increased from 1,300 to 1,800 words. The new guidelines also emphasize that grammar instruction should be given as a means to support communication. Therefore teachers are asked to move more towards communicative approaches to teaching instead of solely grammar translation.

Guidelines for High Schools (links need to be updated!)
The required Enlgish courses include
  • English Communication (I, II, III)
  • English Expression (I, II) *the old reading and writing courses were removed
  • English Conversation (added as an elective)

II) Texts
High schools that JETs and Chiba-WI ALTs work at all are prefectural. In this case, the textbooks are chosen by the school according to the English level of the students. There are two different courses of study for English in the high school level. Some high schools have a special English enhanced stream of study or international course and others have a general course. Therefore, the materials used at each high school will vary according to the course of study and the level of the students who attend the high school.

III) Resources to Supplement Texts and Create Lessons
Interesting things for ESL Studetns: http://www.manythings.org/
Activites for ESL/EFL Students: http://a4esl.org/
Voice of America: Learning English site: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/
British Council: site for English learners: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/