This paper summarizes recent trends in the field in English education in Japanese universities, and also takes a glance at important developments which will affect English education in the near future. In addition, reference is made to a brief study that was conducted, asking 154 university freshmen about their favorite English-learning podcasts. It was found that some of the most popular podcasts today are Hiroshima University’s English Podcast, BBC’s 6-Minute English, and CNN English Express.
During the 26-year history of Hiroshima Studies in Language and Language Education, Joe Lauer has published at least one paper in each issue, and has helped edit every issue. This year he is retiring from Hiroshima University, so this paper is a type of reflection.