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論文(AKAGI収録)

論文(AKAGI収録)
横山, 孝一
出版情報: 群馬高専レビュー.  pp.19-29,  2014-03-14.  群馬工業高等専門学校
概要: The present paper is the sequel to '"English Communication I': A Guide to New Textbooks Authorized by the Ministry of Education in Japan" (March, 2013), dealing with twenty new "English Communication II" textbooks authorized by the Japanese Ministry of Education in 2013. Seemingly panicked by the disastrous results of its erroneous yutori policy, the Ministry has started a revised educational program, not only making the English textbooks far more difficult, but also ordering all the Japanese high school teachers of English to teach the foreign language to Japanese students in English itself. After all the confusion that the responsible Ministry caused perhaps unintentionally in the previous year, the newly published textbooks for the second year students, which are going to be used for upcoming four years, from 2014 to 2017, seem to have returned to the former state: the instructive pages of "Classroom English" printed in English Communication I textbooks having almost completely disappeared, the contents of English Communication II textbooks look both old and familiar in spite of being the newly- named subject with the key word "communication." This paper consists of the general introduction and the brief outline of each textbook, including some critical comments on the typical, too moralistic themes which have nothing to do with the study of English and undoubtedly will only prevent ambitious teenagers from enjoying learning the international language, ironically again, contrary to the good intentions of Japan's Ministry of Education. 続きを見る
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論文(AKAGI収録)

論文(AKAGI収録)
横山, 孝一
出版情報: 群馬高専レビュー.  pp.31-42,  2013-03-14.  群馬工業高等専門学校
概要: The present paper has been written as a useful guide to new “English Comminication I” textbooks, which are going to be u sed at high schools and colleges of technology in Japan from April of 2013. These English readers, newly authorized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, have attracted much attention from not only Japanese teachers of English, but also the general public who has been demanding more effective language education that will quickly and surely enable their children to acquire the ability of speaking English. Apparently, Japan’s Ministry of Education has felt a great deal of responsibility for this serious situation, and has irresponsibly tried thrusting it to the classroom. As a result, most of these new textbooks are filled with much more text and far more activities as well as still more grammar. Despite the fact that most Japanese people and the Ministry of Education wish to imagine the future Japan where many can speak English fluently, the English Comminication I textbooks in question, strangely enough, have turend out to be little different from the former “English I” textbooks in that the main part is not for speaking, but for reading whose moral topics are familiar to experienced teachers: world peace, equality, environmental problems and so forth. This paper provides a brief outline of 22 English Comminication I textbooks, showing their characteristics and the contents of every lesson, such as Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, who made the most of the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite his newly reborn country, and Tsutomu Yamaguchi (1916-2010), the only human being who was unfortunate enough to experience the atomic bombings both in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but fortunate enough to survive the disasters. 続きを見る