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December 1997 - Issue No. #29 (p.21)

English Language Textbooks Dealing with Global Issue

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.

Impact Issues

by Richard Day & Junko Yamanaka (1998)

Longman Japan KK, 1-13-19 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112

This 95-page EFL discussion text, sub-titled "30 Key Issues to Help You Express Yourself in English", introduces current social and global issue topics in an Asian context. The book is divided into 5 parts: (1) Lifestyle Issues - Why learn English?, cars and pollution, caring for the Earth, vegetarianism; (2) Family Issues - abortion, divorce, family values, aging parents; (3) Relationship Issues - international marriage, gender roles, wife-beating; (4) Life and Death Issues - the right to die, cancer and the right to know, terrorism, organ transplants; (5) Issues in Society - helping others, women's role, company loyalty, homosexuality, capital punishment. Each lesson includes a 1-page reading, sample opinions to agree or disagree with, and a discussion exercise. The book includes an audio CD, a glossary and a list of useful expressions.

The Better Half

by Todd J. Leonard (1997)

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

This 100-page college English text aims to build reading, listening, writing and speaking skills through current newspaper articles about the changing roles of men and women in Japan. The book's 15 lessons are grouped into 3 sections: Lifestyles of Japanese Couples (marriage trends, divorce, sexless couples), Women's Issues (single women, working women, women in politics), and Japanese Men (new fathers, housework, company loyalty). Each lesson includes a 2-page article, True-False questions, vocabulary and summarizing practice, and extension activities (listening, writing, discussion).. A teacher's booklet and audio cassettes are available separately.

Global Issues Today

by John Randle, Lisa Gerard-Sharp, Yasuo Yagi (1997)

Seibido Ltd., 3-22 Kanda Ogawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 110

This 120-page Japanese college EFL text aims to develop English reading skills while stimulating students to think about important global issues. The book's 24 chapters are divided into 3 parts: (1) The Environment - urban problems, car pollution, global warming, endangered wildlife, nuclear energy, environmental action; (2) Society - families, old age, women, unemployment, smoking, crime, global culture; (3) Human Beings - loneliness, relationships, stress, consumerism, computers, fast food, happiness. Each chapter contains a 2-page reading, vocabulary notes, comprehension and listening exercises. Cassette tapes available separately.

Developing Reading Skills: Beginning (2nd edition)

by Linda Markstein (1994)

Heinle & Heinle, 20 Park Plaza, Boston MA 02116, USA
or International Thompson, Nemoto Bldg 6F, 1-7-11 Hirakawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102

This 190-page text, Book 1 in a series of graded ESL readers, features authentic readings on cross-cultural themes which stimulate global awareness. The book's 15 chapters are divided into 5 units: (1) Names - naming customs from around the world; (2) Cities - profiles of New York, Beijing and Mexico City; (3) Education - education in the US, in Korea and in Saudi Arabia; (4) Sports - sports around the world, the history of football; (5) Superstitions - mirrors, the number 13, black cats. Each unit includes pre-reading questions, a dialog, a 4-page reading passage, comprehension questions, discussion/writing exercises plus vocabulary and structure practice.

Contemporary Social Issues: Authentic Readings for ESL

by S. Cohen (1997)

University of Michigan Press, 4-10-2 TIK Bldg. 3F, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku,, Tokyo
or PO Box 1104, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 USA Fax: (313) 936-0456

This 140-page ESL reading text for pre-academic high-intermediate students aims to develop reading and language skills in preparation for university studies. The book's 18 readings focus on contemporary social issues grouped into 4 main topics: population control, immigration, the family, and education. The reading selections vary in format, including newspaper articles, encyclopedia entries, essays, conversations and speeches. Each chapter consists of pre-reading questions, a 1-5 page reading, comprehension questions, discussion questions and vocabulary work. Skills practiced include skimming, scanning, critical reading, and summarizing.


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