Understanding Cross-cultural Issues in Advanced English

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Zhou Yujia  Hidano Noboru 
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Fall Semester  /  Recommended semester:4,6,8

Outline of lecture

This course is designed to enhance students窶 understanding of various cross-cultural topics by comparing Japanese culture and American culture. For each topic, students will read two short English essays that represent the perspectives of a Japanese and an American. Various reading and listening tasks will help the students understand the notable cultural differences discussed in the texts. The students will also learn to effectively summarize the texts they have read. Other class activities, including group discussion and oral presentation, will provide the students opportunities to express their opinions in English using their own background knowledge. To obtain the full benefits of the course, the students are encouraged to actively participate in all class activities.

Purpose of lecture

This course aims to raise students窶 awareness about cultural differences between Japan and America and to develop students窶 ability to express their opinions in English on various cross-cultural issues.

Plan of lecture

(1) Introduction
(2) Things Japanese say窶謬atemae and Honne
(3) Things Japanese do窶彦ollowing the crowd
(4) Japanese fashion窶俵niform
(5) Japanese and time窶柊ge is just a number
(6) Admirable American minds-The independent children
(7) America and education-Pride in one's school
(8) How can American do that-sharing a room with a stranger

Textbook and reference

All materials will be distributed during class.
繝サ窶戲ye on Japan窶柊merican and Japanese views of Japanese culture窶, 2011, Shawn M. Clankie & Kobayashi Toshihiko, Sanshusha.
繝サ窶戲ye on America窶弼apanese and American views of U.S.culture窶, 2008, Kobayashi Toshihiko & Shawn M. Clankie, Sanshusha.

Related and/or prerequisite courses

No minimal requirements for English proficiency. Students however should be highly motivated to improve their use of English and understanding of cultural issues as well.


Attendance (30%); Participation in class discussion and presentation (40%); Final exam (30%). In order to earn credits, more than 80% of actual class hours attendance is required.

Comments from lecturer

We may restlict the number of students.We stongly advise you to attend the gaidance of the Bunmeikamoku on 1220-1300hours at W933. The lecture is given at the 2nd floor of the center for the study of world civilizations next to the health center at Ookayama campus.
The days and times of lecture are
1) 1320-1905 hours 2nd of October,2)3)1650-1905 hours 3rd,4 th of October, 4)1000-1700 hours 5th of October, 5)1300-1730 6th of October, 6)1650-1905 hours 7th of October.


Contact Us:Center for the Study of World Civilizations( Tel:03-5734-3892 )

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