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November 29, 2004

What's Your Opinion?

In his latest Indirectly Speaking column in the Daily Yomiuri, Mike Guest writes about the assumption that Japanese students need to be made to express their opinions in the language classroom. Many teachers have what he refers to as "the missionary instinct", making the assumption that their students are naive and need to be taught about important issues in the world outside. he believes that "debate and discussion classes are an essential part of language training but not if a lesson consists of the teacher and learners merely talking about a controversial topic for an hour." Guest offers some practical ideas on how to make the most of debate and discussion in class as well as some pitfalls to avoid.
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