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September 1996 - Issue No. #24 (p.22)

English Language Textbooks Dealing with Global Issues

Publishers are invited to send in sample copies of new books relating to global issues.
Readers interested in writing book reviews should contact the editor

Speaking Globally

by William Grohe & Christine Root (1996)

Prentice Hall, Nishi Shinjuku KF Bldg 602 8-14-24 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160

This 120-page intermediate-level English text is a thematic, student-centered speaking text designed to engender lively, meaningful discussion on topics of international interest and concern. The book aims to develop English presentation, research and discussion skills, foster intercultural understanding, and sharpen critical thinking. Its ten chapters deal with: international English, international travel, international trade, the environment, ethnocentrism, world religions, world organizations, international law, international education, and the future. Each chapter includes pre-reading focus questions, background readings, research projects, discussion strategies, case studies, oral presentations and journal entries. The book comes with an audio cassette and is printed on recycled paper.

Our World and Our Civilization: Basic Academic Listening 2

by J. Tyler et al (1996)

MacMillan Language House, Hayakawa Bldg., 5-14-7 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112

This 80-page illustrated English textbook aims to give lower intermediate students practice in listening comprehension on topics related to the physical world and the variety of world peoples and cultures. The book's 20 chapters deal with topics such as: the evolution of the Earth, how towns grow, peoples and countries of the world, languages of the world, money round the world, food round the world, clothing round the world and world religions. Each chapter comprises a 2-page pictorial reading, comprehension questions, a cloze dialogue, grammar exercises and a sentence dictation. Audio cassettes are available separately.

What's Your Opinion? Japanese Problems in the News

by Brian Powle (1993)

Kinseido Ltd., 3-21 Jimbocho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101

This 60-page EFL reading text aims to help Japanese students of English think and give opinions about social problems in Japan and overseas. Its 20 chapters cover topics such as fast food, Japanese companies and environmental destruction, illegal foreign workers, video games, women's role in the family, consumer rights, the North-South problem, dishonest doctors, Japan as a super power, and South Africa. Each chapter consists of a 2-page reading, vocabulary notes, a cloze summary of the reading, a scrambled sentence dialogue of opposing opinions and a sentence building exercise. A cassette tape is available separately.

News World 1996: Getting to Know the Changing World

by Wallace Gagne (1996)

MacMillan Language House (see contact address listed with book #2 above)

This 100-page advanced reading text comprises timely essays and newspaper articles on current issues, world regions and international affairs. The book consists of twenty 2-3 page readings organized into five sections: the Global Society (globalization, technology & social change), North America (NAFTA, American politics, Canadian separatism, Mexican debt), Asia (ASEAN, China, the two Koreas, earthquakes, trade, Aum Shinrikyo, comfort women in Japan), Europe (the European Community, Britain, Russia, French nuclear weapons, Bosnia) and the Third World (poverty and debt, Vietnam, Singapore, Africa, Israel and the PLO). Each reading includes maps, graphs, charts, photos and Japanese vocabulary, but no exercises. The book also features an introduction (in Japanese) to newspaper English and an appendix which lists common newspaper verbs, sentence patterns and acronyms (e.g. GATT, WHO, PLO).

The African American History and Experience

by George Lee (1996)

Yumi Press, 2-14 Suido-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162

This 90-page university-level Japanese EFL reading text aims to introduce students to the history and experience of black Americans through short readings organized into 21 chapters. Readings deal with topics such as the African slave trade, Uncle Tom's Cabin, the Civil War, Booker T. Washington, WEB Dubois and the NAACP, World Wars I & II, Afro-Americans in music and sport, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and affirmative action. Each chapter contains a 2-page reading, Japanese vocabulary, comprehension questions, listening and translation exercises. A cassette tape is available separately.


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