Yesterday we shared the highlights of an online discussion of what Japanese students think of their junior high school English classes.
Another similar thread has popped up on 2channel, this time sharing several pages from a university-level English textbook that are so mind-numbingly simple you’ll wonder what those 6 years of compulsory English education were for.
The first image to hit was the one you see above, apparently shown to the poster by his “friend” who is enrolled in an elementary English class. We understand it’s supposed to be “elementary” level, but this is just blatant space filler… And there’s a CD track to go along with the exercise? For what? In case you can’t read the directions?
Three more images followed:
▼“Circle the words that take ‘an’”
The poster also mentioned his “friend” is attending an “F-rank” university. “F-rank” is a slang term used mostly on the internet that refers to a university with entrance requirements so lax that almost anyone can get in, regardless of their score on the entrance examinations.
In particular, as English courses at these schools are primarily conducted in Japanese, students can usually pass the English portion of the entrance exam even if they leave the answer sheet blank. Unlike junior high and high schools, Japanese universities don’t have a standardized English curriculum and entrance exam test results are usually used to gauge for teachers to determine what kind of course they should prepare for the incoming class.
Curious as to what those entrance exams look like? The same poster was gracious enough to post a few pages from his “friends” test booklet…
Take a look at those exam questions, then look back at the textbook exercises. Then take a look at the exam questions again. Then slam your head against the desk as you ponder the state of higher education in Japan.
▼ Typical classroom scene at an F-rank university