Essays on English in Japan

What’s that in Japanese? (with audio)

What’s that in Japanese?

What if all the educational energy spent translating, retranslating, explaining and checking the translating of materials, exams, directions to exams and every single small word back and forth between Japanese and English were instead spent working entirely in English? Imagine students learning through all English input and all English output. Without any Japanese translation! What would happen? 

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The Japanese Undertow

The Japanese Undertow

What often happens in my discussion classes is this: students start out enthusiastically with their brains in full English mode. They take the discussion topic and run with it. They assemble their opinions, order their ideas and find ways to converse and explain in English. At first, students always leap into discussions with enthusiasm, energy and an unspoken, “Ganbare!” attitude.

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「Essays on English in Japan」へ、ようこそ。名前のとおり、英語のエッセーについて日本で語ろうという場所です。このサイトは僕の著書『僕、ニッポンの味方です アメリカ人大学教授が見た「日本人の英語」』をきっかけに誕生しました。まだ始まったばかりですが、新しいエッセーを随時更新します。今のところ、掲載されているエッセーの大半は『僕、ニッポンの味方です』に収録されている日本語のエッセーの英文ですが、あらゆる話題の新しいエッセーを紹介していくのでお見逃しなく。あなたのお気に入りのサイトになりますように。読むことと考えることを楽しみましょう!

マイケル
2009年3月20日

Welcome to this site!

Welcome to Essays on English in Japan. This site is just what it says: essays about English in Japan. This website goes together with my book, 僕は、ニッポンの味方です! An Anti-Grammar Manifesto—The Other Side of English, released by Media Factory Publishers in March 2009. Though this website is just starting, it will have new essays all the time. For now, most of the essays are English versions of the Japanese essays in that book, but keep checking back to find new essays on all kinds of topics. Hope you like it! Happy reading and thinking!
 
Michael
March 20, 2009

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Michael is currently teaching at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, in the American Literature section of the English Department. More information in the About Me page.