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How do students find English information about Asia?
Rikkyo University, Japan
English textbooks and lessons in Japan had (and perhaps still do) a
tendency to deal with topics about English speaking countries, such as
The United States or The United Kingdom. Since English is an international
language nowadays, we can use it when we communicate with not only the
people from English speaking countries but also the people from any country
who can speak English.
There are two main purposes for this report. One is to show the ways
university students in Japan find English information about Asian countries
and what kinds of information they are interested in, The another purpose
is to share some of the information collected by students with you. Perhaps
you can take away some information which you may be able to use in your
Yumi Hasegawa has an M.A. in TESOL from Columbia University and
has been teaching English at Rikkyo University and Sanno College in Tokyo,
Japan. She is interested in teaching about Asian countries
through English. She is a member of JALT, Global Issues which is one of
the N-SiGs in JALT, and JACES (Japan Association for Current English Studies).
She made a report about KOTESOL'98 at JACES in November, 1998.