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September 1997 - Issue No. #28 (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.

The Global Classroom (Vols. 1 & 2)

by Michelle de Cou-Landberg (1995)

ISBN: Vol. 1 * 0-201-52759-6, * Volume 2 * 0-201-52960-2
Addison-Wesley/Longman, Gyokuroen Bldg., 1-13-19 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112

These two resource books, designed as K-6 and ESL teachers' guides to thematic multicultural classwork, aim to help students practice language skills as they learn about, appreciate and celebrate the differences and commonalities of the world's cultures. Each volume focusses on four themes: Vol. 1 on World Climates, World Plants, World Animals, and International Foods; Vol. 2 on World Clothing, World Transportation, Houses Round the World, and Multicultural Celebrations. Each chapter includes a content area learning web, teaching ideas, language study and class activities, projects and family activities, suggested readings and photo-copiable handouts. 20% of the author's royalties go to Tibetan refugee children in Dharamsala, India.

The World History of the Twentieth Century

by Christina Hopkinson (1997)

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

This exciting 100-page Japanese college reader enables students to improve their English reading and vocabulary as they deepen their understanding of the key events of the 20th century. The book's 39 sections cover topics such as WWI, the Russian revolution, the great depression, the rise of fascism in Europe, WWII, Africa & decolonization, Israel & Palestine, the cold war, the breakdown of communism plus an overview of the global issues that face our world at the end of the century. Each section includes detailed information plus state-of-the-art graphics and illustrations. Japanese vocabulary notes are given at the back while a separate student's booklet provides comprehension questions (T/F, gap fill, short answer) for each topic.

Asia Now

by K. Hasegawa, K. Akiyama, L. Sanders (1997)

Seibido Ltd., 3-22 Kanda Ogawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 110. ISBN 4-7919-4536-0

This 100-page intermediate EFL video, audio & textbook set aims to improve students' English language skills while promoting awareness of Asian nations, peoples and social trends. The book's 25 chapters deal with topics such as baseball in Taiwan, child-raising in China, career women in Hong Kong, fashion design in Korea, Japanese TV in Vietnam, village development in Papua New Guinea and pop music in the Philippines. Each chapter includes video preview exercises and post-viewing comprehension activities (True-False questions, dictation, listening, translation exercises). A Teachers Manual contains the video scripts and exercise answers.

Cue Cards: Nations of the World

by Raymond Clark & Anna Mussman (1993)


Pro Lingua, 15 Elm Street, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301 USA. ISBN 0-86647-076-X

This English teaching resource comprises one-page "cue card" profiles of 42 nations around the world. Each profile includes a picture of the country's flag, key background data (capital city, national holidays, government, area, climate, geography), people (population, ethnic groups, languages, religions), economy (GNP, industries, imports/exports), and a "Did you know?" section of interesting facts. The book includes suggestions for using the cards for information exchange, ambassador roleplays, class reports, quizzes. country comparisons and composition.

Argument and Persuasion

by Susan Davies (1990)

Heinemann ELT, Shin Nichibo Bldg., 2-1 Sarugaku-cho 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101. ISBN 0-435-10226-5

This 130-page advanced-level task-based English reading and discussion text aims to develop students' discourse skills, critical thinking and media awareness through the study of topical social issues in a British context. The book's 13 chapters include topics such as smoking, nuclear arms, animal experiments, euthanasia, vegetarianism, capital punishment and nuclear power. Each chapter contains information from various points of view introduced through newspaper articles, readings and cartoons. Student tasks include creative writing, group discussion, letter writing, project design and writing essays. An introductory chapter on critical thinking explains how the media work to persuade us through language, pictures and emotion.


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