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June 1998 - Issue No. #31 (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.

Culture of the Heart

by Joan McConnell

Kinseido Ltd., 3-21 Jimbocho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101, (1998)

This 110-page Japanese university-level EFL text comprises a set of readings on how to overcome the spiritual crisis of our modern world. The book's 9 chapters include Material People (materialism), Hard Hearts (inconsiderateness), I Love Me (selfishness), I'm Sorry (pride), Following the Light (hope and despair), Finding Harmony (less is more), The 7th Generation (moral responsibility) and Culture of the Heart (love). Each 8-page reading is followed by a morality tale (e.g. King Midas, The Boy Who Cried Wolf). The book also contains comprehension questions and Japanese vocabulary notes plus a separate audio cassette.

Japan and the World: Present and Future

by Wallace Gagne

MacMillan Language House, Hayakawa Bldg., 5-14-7, Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112. (1998)

This 160-page college text aims to build English reading and communication skills for Japanese students in the Global Information Age. Its 20 chapters are divided into two parts: (1) "Japan and Other Countries" about Japan's relations with the USA, the European Union, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and (2) "Borderless Societies" about the information age, the global consumer culture, the Internet, travel abroad, and international television, sports, music and movies. Each chapter includes a pre-reading activity, a 4-page essay, comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises and group discussion topics. Audio cassettes and a Teacher's Answer Booklet are available separately.

Toma Comes to Earth: Our World

by T. Higuchi et al.

Longman Japan ELT, Gyokuroen Bldg. 1-13-19 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112, (1997)

This 3-level children's EFL course aims to teach basic communicative English through songs, games and dialogs incorporating a multicultural /global dimension. Each level comprises a student book, homework book + CD, teacher's manual and classroom cassette pack. The series revolves around an alien, Toma, and his visit to Earth. Book 1 includes a Korean girl textbook character, a children's song from Ghana, school life in Japan, Korea & the USA plus songs and activities about world greetings, world money, world weather and animals around the world.

SuperDossiers: Modern Issues

by Stephen Rabley

Prentice Hall, Nishi Shinjuku KF Bldg 602 8-14-24 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160. (1996)

This colorful, illustrated 70-page reading and discussion text, part of the SuperDossier series, features authentic English readings on world issues which stimulate global awareness and social concern. The book's 28 chapters feature topics such as genetic engineering, young people's images of the future, Olympic issues, world Englishes, the war against drugs, the mass media, charity fundraising, the developing world, diet and smoking, the environment, animals in danger, waste and recycling, alternative energy, immigration and physical disabilities. The book includes background notes, useful addresses and an 8-page teacher's exercise booklet.

World Views

by Patricia Richard-Amato

(1998)  Wadsworth / International Thomson Publishing Company, 7625 Empire Dr., Florence KY 41042 USA
Tel: 1-800-423-0563 Fax: 606-647-5013

This 370-page advanced ESL text, sub-titled "Multicultural Literature for Critical Writers, Readers and Thinkers", features a rich selection of readings designed to improve critical writing and thinking skills. These include essays, stories, drama and poetry about race, gender, culture and society involving Africans, Asians, Latinos and Americans organized around five universal themes: Caring for Ourselves and Others, Wanting to Understand and to be Understood, Breaking through to Success, Illusion vs. Reality, and Looking Ahead. Each passage has pre-reading questions, discussion topics, vocabulary notes and writing activities. The book includes a grammar appendix, guide for writers, Internet research exercises and its own Website.

These books can be ordered directly from the publisher, from your local bookstore
or through The English Resource,
15-15-2F Matsugae-cho, Sagamihara-shi, JAPAN 228 Tel: 0427-44-8898 Fax: 0427-44-8897


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