Resources: Expressing an Opinion in Japanese

These articles compare how opinions are expressed in English and Japanese. http://www.cis.doshisha.ac.jp/kkitao/library/student/reading/pictures/pic_i_3.htm http://www.japanintercultural.com/en/japanesebusinessetiquetteguide/begToDisagreeHandlingDifferencesOfOpinion.aspx Page 24 of this booklet (page 26 of the PDF) talks about some of the cultural features involved in expressing opinions in Japanese. http://www.jetro.go.jp/costarica/mercadeo/communicationwith.pdf These resources could be used to teach students explicitly about Japanese culture, specifically the ways that Japanese people

Resource: NHK World

This site broadcasts news about Japan in English. Students can read, listen to, or watch the news. This site could be used in a variety of ways to help students familiarize themselves with issues in Japan. Japanese news (in Japanese) would be too difficult for most students to understand, so this make it more accessible

Resource: Hiroshima Panorama Project

This website offers three photos of Hiroshima after it had been bombed with a nuclear weapon. The website shows sections of panoramic photos of the city, and you can also order print versions for $25. These would be very valuable resources to use in a class about Hiroshima and the Second World War. Link: http://sun.iwu.edu/~rwilson/hiroshima/

Resource: Article about Whaling

In Stage 4: Moving Between Cultures, one of the outcomes is: “A student demonstrates knowledge of key features of the culture of Japanese speaking communities”. Students learn about “representations of the culture of Japanese speaking communities in text, film and mass media” and students learn to “identify generalisations about people and culture, e.g. questioning stereotypes”.

Resource: The Ainu Museum

In Stage 4: Moving Between Cultures, one of the outcomes is: “A student demonstrates knowledge of key features of the culture of Japanese speaking communities”. Students learn about “the importance of tradition to a sense of cultural identity and diversity within the culture” and students learn to “identify and explain features of traditional and contemporary