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Global Issues
A Sample Introduction

You, Me and the World
a course in English for global citizenship

The first class, as we meet each other for the first time, I will explain my teaching objectives (my goals) and illustrate my teaching style. We start with a relaxed and friendly class, experiencing conversation practice, pronunciation work, and answering and asking questions in English.
"For the next class, bring to class a photograph of your happy smiling face, passport size… AND your class text: Global Issues You, Me and the World
I will share more specifics about our course text and how we will be using it. Time to begin the fun game of college level content based English."

"The year’s class will focus on global issues. By studying from our text we can begin to have deep and interesting adult level conversations in English. Our book, titled Global Issues You, Me and the World, is a course in English for global citizenship by David Peaty, with contributions from different teachers concerned about ecology, political justice, and other important world issues."

"Our goal is to make friends with other people all over the world, sharing our ideas and feelings as mature and educated members of the world community.

All royalty income earned from the sale of this book will be donated to organizations dedicated to helping poor children in developing countries, protecting human rights and saving endangered species."

Be prepared
with dictionaries and writing supplies

"After reading and discussing the text, and supplementing our reading with other current news sources, each week we may write our own views of current events individually or in conjunction with our conversation partner or group. For this,
we will all need our own standard size notebook paper, pens or pencils, and quality dictionaries.

Being absent is never an excuse for not being prepared for class.
Class assignments are due the following class. If you miss a class you must contact a classmate and do the assignment, no excuses accepted.
These weekly assignments will be checked and taken into consideration when determining your final grade, along with class participation and attendance.
This is an action oriented class. Please come and play the sport of English to the best of your ability. Have fun while being responsible to the task at hand.

attendance Attendance follows your school's strict policy, playing 'hooky' or being late can cost you credit for this class. More than three times absent per term per class and/or repeated lateness can prevent a student from passing.
early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise! Being late for class or leaving early is equal to half an absence, unless the work missed is sizable (usually twenty minutes from the start of the class), in which case, it will be a full absence. Part of being a good student is taking responsibility, please be careful about preparing for class and arriving on time. This is very important to me, please understand how seriously I take the work we are doing together.

Ask questions, and feel free to chat with me in English anytime.
As I am at Ritsumeikan only on Monday and Thursdays, it is best that you
talk to me in class right away when you have a problem, a question, or would like to share your ideas and feelings with me. I am a 'people' person and enjoy chatting with students in English.
You may leave a message with the office, but talking with me, face to face, usually produces the best results. Please read these rules several times.
I enjoy speaking English, let's talk together."

English is a sport

Speaking English is a sport not a science. While it can be fun and interesting to read about learning a sport, to really do a sport well we must actually 'try it' and practice as often as possible. Having fun and persevering is the key. To swim we must jump in the water and try, soon we learn to relax, and after a while of practicing we feel comfortable enough to try swimming in many places, in many new ways. From tennis and other sports we know the more we play the better we become. Having fun while trying our best is the way to truly master a sport. Putting English into our body, as a tennis player learns to serve or a swimmer learns a new stroke, we are free to travel, making friends wherever we go.

Making friends
with English

The primary goal of all my teaching is to share the art of 'making friends with English.' All students know the joy of meeting someone new, getting to know them little by little by having intimate conversation in Japanese, until one day you find you have a close friend. Some day most Japanese students will have a chance to meet people who do not speak Japanese, but may speak a little English. This class helps us relax while speaking English, to review the 'small talk' we learned in our junior and senior high schools, and begin to talk about 'deeper subjects' that interest people all over the world. Our goal is to learn about speaking English by trying to speak English only in class, and to learn about making friends with English by simply having a friendly time together.
1. eye contact (body language) 2. "small talk" for "breaking the ice" and "tuning in" 3. in depth conversation, sharing our deeper feelings and ideas, sharing quality time and experiences together 4. friendship/love
(where talking is no longer necessary, but often welcome and special)


Methodology
Teaching methods used in this class

Considering the diversity in learning styles of individual students, this curriculum is designed to include reading, writing, vocabulary, and language structural work, within an all English listening and speaking environment. As with sports training, an emphasis is on action, where every student has frequent opportunities to hear 'native speed' English and speak on diverse topics. I continually monitor the level of each student and strive to create material that is accessible yet challenging. Helping students to maximize their English language learning, within the constraints of a busy academic and social schedule, is a pedagogical challenge… Keeping the class fun, intellectually stimulating, being relaxed yet demanding enough to be effective, all helps make this class a positive learning environment for any student willing to try.

THE TEXT
Global Issues
You, Me and the World
published by KINSEIDO
1900 yen
ISBN4-7647-3689-6

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