Issues, Ideas and Opinions 2

Course Code: IIO102-S
Day: Sun Time: 11:00-12:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Spring, Summer Instructional Language: English Location: Online

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Course Description

This course offers participants to examine the Japanese culture a step further from Issues, Ideas and Opinions 1.  When immersed in a culture it is not uncommon to find oneself struggling to find appropriate concepts, phrases and terminologies to express issues, ideas and opinions related to the culture. Specifically, this class will give participants the opportunity to examine the Japanese culture and engage in class discussions to practice sharing and exchanging varying point of views. By dissecting the Japanese culture in the English language, this provides the likelihood to discover new notions about Japan, let alone, to polish and advance ones English discussion skills related to the Japanese culture. 

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:
1. articulate about the Japanese culture related to the topics presented in class.
2. engage in meaningful discussions with classmates.
3. provide an effective PowerPoint presentation in English.
4. improve English listening skills.

Who should take this course

Those who are Interested in engaging in dynamic discussions, or who are interested in being able to articulate about the Japanese culture. Participants are NOT required to have taken Issues, Ideas and Opinions 1 prior to taking this class.
English Level: High-Intermediate and above (Intermediate level English learners eligible as well.)


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Yujiro Shimogori

Instructor Biography

Yujiro Shimogori has a Master's degree in Education with emphasis in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. degree in Education with focus in Bilingual Education from San Diego State University. He is a 20 year veteran as a primary, secondary, and higher education educator and researcher in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tokyo. Educated, lived and worked in Japan and the US, he is bilingual and bicultural, and proficient in Japanglish as well. His research interests include bicultural identity development, bilingualism, culturally relevant pedagogy, and second language acquisition. Shimogori enjoys visiting new places, taking long walks, and watching baseball, judo, and kendo.