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September 26, 2005

Teaching Controversial Topics

In his latest Indirectly Speaking column in the Daily Yomiuri, Mike Guest looks at how, or even whether, to teach controversial topics in the English classroom. Should teachers use issues, such as the prime minister's visits to Yasukuni Shrine or whether school textboks whitewash Japan's past, in the EFL classroom regardless of how topical they may be? Guest has seen positive results in using such topics, despite the stereotypical view that Japanese students are reluctant to discuss them. But he cautions against teachers choosing "his or her pet social or political hot potato" as lesson material.
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