No.3 Towards the age of "Asian English"
IIt has been a while since the "inward-looking" perspectives of
the young generation of Japanese gained attention in society. The number
of Japanese students who decide to study abroad remains stagnated even
with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan
introducing support programmes, such as "Promotion of International
Student Exchanges" and "Project for Promotion of Global Human
Resource Development" for young Japanese people.
There are several possible reasons for this negative attitude amongst this generation of Japanese; for example, some feel that studying abroad will not be appreciated in Japanese society while other Japanese students cannot find a clear objective in travelling abroad. The reality is that the support programmes by MEXT have not made any substantial changes yet.
A few decades ago, the main destination for studying abroad was US, UK,
and Australia. Generally speaking, it was necessary to stay in English
native countries to learn English. However, "Asian English" has
recently been obtaining the comparable status to "American English"
and "British English". It means that English is more and more
used in Asian countries and English spoken with an Asian accent has been
accpeted in the world. English acquired in Asia region is valid to the
We, as AsiaSEED, aim to develop competency that can be fully utilised in
Asia in the new phase of regional integration. As part of this aim, AsiaSEED
launched the programme of "Study in Malaysia". The highlights
of studying English in Malaysia is that it is Cheap! Safe! and Pleasant!!
Moreover, a high quality of education will be provided. Experiencing South-east
Asian culture and enjoying shopping and massages in Kuala Lumpur are also
some major attractions of staying Malaysia.
"Studying on Malaysia" programme can be participated in over
a 2 weeks period. It is a chance for Japanese students to kill two birds
with one stone as it enables one to travel to neighbouring countries such
as Singapore and Thailand and study English at the same time.
As the world becomes globalised, there is a greater necessity to have English
speaking abilities and international perspectives. Asian English is valuable
to play an active role in Asian countries, which have closer relationships
with Japan. We, as AsiaSEED, would like to cultivate excellent human resources
of Japanese people through introducing and promoting English learning opportunity