If you’ve taught English in Japanese public schools, you already know the obvious reason why Japanese students can’t speak English: They don’t actually practice speaking! But there is another hidden reason why Japanese people struggle to speak English, and this reason prevents them from learning to speak even when they use methods that are designed to teach speaking. Knowing this reason will empower you to help your students, and can shave years off the amount of time your students need to start talking confidently in English.
About the Author: Erica Derrickson has more than 9 years of teaching experience in Japan. She completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma offered by OnTESOL.