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Publication year: 2013
ISBN: 978-84-616-2661-8
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 4-5 March, 2013
Location: Valencia, Spain

MAKE IT MATTER! GETTING JAPANESE STUDENTS TO VOICE THEIR OPINIONS ON DIFFICULT TOPICS

S. Connor

Kyushu University (JAPAN)
In many Japanese universities, teachers of English often have a difficult time getting students to take sides on an issue. Note this is not a criticism of the students, but it is simply an aspect of Japanese culture that seeks to strive for group harmony and avoid standing out. Some issues, however require thought and debate as they potentially have a profound effect on human life.

In November 2012, elections were held in the United States. Within the national elections were state elections and initiatives. In Massachussets, two of the issues were legalizing medical marijuana and legalizing assisted suicide. Two classes were given a choice of topic, two others were given just assisted suicide. Three of the 4 classes were medically oriented classes, one was a general Spoken Interaction class. All of the classes were low to low intermediate level.

The essays and discussions were far superior to the usual essays and discussions in terms of quality of thought and opinions. The presenter will describe the processes of the lessons, discussions and writing. The hope is that this kind of engagement can be continued and expanded.
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title = {MAKE IT MATTER! GETTING JAPANESE STUDENTS TO VOICE THEIR OPINIONS ON DIFFICULT TOPICS},
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booktitle = {INTED2013 Proceedings},
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S. Connor (2013) MAKE IT MATTER! GETTING JAPANESE STUDENTS TO VOICE THEIR OPINIONS ON DIFFICULT TOPICS, INTED2013 Proceedings, p. 2838.
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