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
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
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/
This site could be used in a class that talks about the history of the war from the Japanese perspective (as a part of the “moving between cultures” outcomes). Link: http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/index_e2.html
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”.
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