○Level: Upper intermediate ○Genre: Japanese society & culture ○Language: English translations are provided for the reading materials. Intermediate/advanced handbook for learning about Japan from many angles
This book helps users to enjoyably deepen and broaden their understanding of Japan by presenting readings that explore Japan from diverse angles—past vs. present, urban vs. rural, domestic vs. foreign, and more—followed by various tasks for strengthening comprehension.
Worksheets for checking understanding of every unit’s content and lists of the key words and English translations of the readings in each unit are provided at the end of the book.
Features ●Motivation to learn is boosted by a diverse array of fascinating topics, ranging from basics such as geography, history, politics, and economy to new things like pop culture and robots. ●Users can study written Japanese through the reading comprehension texts that explain the themes in detail, and spoken Japanese through the dialogues presented for each theme. English translations are provided for the readings. ●Each unit can be studied as a stand-alone lesson, so those with limited time can just pick the parts they need to study/teach.
Unit structure ●Thematic photo: Each unit opens with a color photo that expresses the unit’s theme. ●Section 1: Readings & Tasks ●Section 2: Dialogues & Tasks ●Photo information: Information on the cultural background to the unit’s thematic photo is provided.
Unit 1: What kind of country is Japan? Unit 2: City life, country life Unit 3: Getting around Japan Unit 4: Let’s eat! Unit 5: Events for enjoying the seasons Unit 6: Highlights of Japanese history you should know Unit 7: Experiencing traditional culture Unit 8: Modern culture and pop culture Unit 9: Enjoying sports Unit 10: The march of science and technology Unit 11: Things we can do to save the earth Unit 12: Education and children Unit 13: Industrial structure and economy Unit 14: Government and the constitution Unit 15: Aiming for a multicultural society
!!!【Correction and apology】 "日本の祝日と年中行事" on p. 54 contained an error. For more details, please refer to this erratum. The corrected page can be downloaded from the following link.