A few follow-ups to my comment at AERA (March 14, 2011)
I was quoted in AERA (March 14, 2011) to say:
A couple of comments. First of all, if I sound sarcastic, I'm sorry. I apologize. Second, my definition of "就活生" in this interview is 3rd year student from October on. And, the meaning of "ＴＯＥＩＣ対策" is not getting TOEIC score but spending lots of scarce time in TOEIC preparation. Certainly, if you are good at English, you have to show it through a high TOEIC score. But, spending lots of your scarce time for TOEIC preparation is a totally different activity. There is a trade-off between preparation for other types of job-related test (ex. SPI2) and TOEIC test. Think about your opportunity cost.
My main point can be found at one sentence before:
Just in case you might want to know what I meant by this, you might want to take a look at this site. This is how I've been engaging my seminar students who happen to be studying English intensively.
Last but not least, you might wonder how I was approached for this article. It is partly because of this blog, partly because of this department-wide program, with which I am involved.