Fawlty Towers is being shown to volunteers working at Tokyo Olympics 2020
The classic BBC comedy series is being used to give students an example of how English is spoken out loud, rather than focusing on written language and grammar.
Japanese officials hope the 2020 Olympic Games will provide a boost to tourism and global trade, while maintaining a positive image on the global stage.
But the government needs to ensure it has a vast supply of English speaking volunteers who can work in the retail, tourism and accommodation industries.
Officials are also hoping to bring in professionals, including doctors and nurses, who can speak to guests and competitors in English.
Teachers hope students will learn how to pronounce English words from Fawlty Towers
But in the mad dash to find suitable candidates, Japan’s government has been desperately working to bridge the English language gap.
Helen Bentley, who worked on Tokyo's Olympic bid for communications firm Finsbury, said: "There are relatively few opportunities to use spoken English in Japan.
"As a result, many Japanese are much stronger at reading and writing than they are at speaking."
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Episodes of Red Dwarf are also being shown to pupils to boost attainment.
English is taught in schools from aged eight or nine, and remains a compulsory lesson for the following seven years.
However Japan is now 40th out of 48 countries on the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), after it fell from "moderate proficiency" to "low proficiency" last year on EF's English Proficiency Index.
The 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan
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While the television technique may seem hilarious, it also raises the prospect of a generation of Japanese students sounding like Basil and Sybil.
Kumiko Iwasaki, a professor of psychology and education at the Open University of Japan. said: ”We Japanese have a strong psychological barrier to speaking English.
"We have an obsession that we have to speak English perfectly."