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« Reply #6: September 19, 2007, 12:13:22 am »

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One thing you could do, however, is something that I think might be worth some class time anyway - talking about the many different religious traditions and practices in the US (something that may be unfamiliar for Japanese students) and talking about how different traditions focus on things.   [snippage]

I think this is a good idea.  From what I've heard from my friends who've visited Japan, and one who has lived there for many years, teaching ESL, Japan remains a very homogeneous society; though of course they are aware, though at some remove, of the rest of the world, they don't live in a heterogeneous society.  Your students might be quite startled with the variety of religions, religious holidays and cultural-cum-religious practices that are shared in the US. 

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