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The Dirty Undertaking of Dispatch Companies

The Yomiuri Shimbun, via Yahoo!, has a story about the dark underbelly of ALT dispatch companies as English will become a compulsory subject in the fifth and sixth grades in 2011.

For example, schools have to deal with the constant turnover of ALTs. One BOE member in Saitama related that he is on his 4th ALT quit since April. This revolving door of teachers is not conducive to learning.

An Encouraging Development

The Asahi Shimbun carried a short blurb that is encouraging news for ALTs in Akita. The Akita school board says it will hire hire it's ALTs as full-time instructors.

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