|To encourage students to think about and discuss issues connected to their future careers, as well as consider wider issues affecting Japan. Students will learn about, and practice giving opinions in English, as well as justifying their ideas and learning how to support and rebut views. They will also learn how to give effective presentations, whereby they can attempt to put forward their thoughts in a logical and structured way. Using as wide a range as possible of vocabulary and expressions will be encouraged throughout the course.|
To become better at having discussions on issue-based topics.
To learn to think critically and give opinions.
To work in pairs and small groups.
To give effective presentations.
|Classes will be made up of teacher-led discussions as well as pair/group discussion. Students will have the chance to listen to and read various sources related to the issues being considered. Following classroom discussion and consideration, students will be expected to do further research in their own time and then give short (5 minute) presentations on the topic. These presentations will be followed by Q&A and teacher feedback.|
|Please be ready to speak English and be willing to express your opinions on a variety of topics. Almost no Japanese will be used between teacher and student.|
Week 1 - Introduction and short student introductory presentations
Week 2 - Topic 1: English as a second official language in Japan
Week 3 - Presentations on Topic 1
Week 4 - Topic 2: The university entrance exam: advantages and disadvantages
Week 5 - Presentations on Topic 2
Week 6 - Topic 3: The passive vs the active learner
Week 7 - Presentations on Topic 3
Week 8 - Topic 4: Critical thinking in the classroom
Week 9 - Presentations on Topic 4
Week 10 - Topic 5: Gender equality: Is Japan falling behind?
Week 11 - Presentations on Topic 5
Week 12 - Topic 6: Immigration: Japan''s demographic time bomb - problems and possible solutions
Week 13 - Presentations on Topic 6
Week 14 - Topic 7: The future: Where are we headed in the next 50 years?
Week 15 - Presentations on Topic 7