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Life Lessons (Pilot edition)

by Brad Perks

B5; 56 pp

Life Lessons is a cross-cultural episodic video course, where students explore their own social sphere and public life. The content in the textbook encompasses cultural, sociological, and psychological themes—students learn communication skills through social awareness video material and task-based learning activities. The video content covers social challenges that typically face university-age students and encourages them to expand their world view.

The textbook adopts two main complementary teaching pedagogies. Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an approach where students learn a subject and a second language simultaneously. The content is delivered via a task-based language teaching (TBLT) approach, where learning revolves around the completion of meaningful tasks, such as summarising the storyline and information gap tasks.

The episodic video series style of this textbook is well suited to covering serious social topics students can relate to in their everyday life as well as presenting issues they may never have covered before in class.

We hope you enjoy following along with Yuki’s adventures as she learns about life.

A series of video episodes to accompany this book is available on request from the publisher.

Note: This book is currently in pilot edition and a full edition should be available for general distribution ready for the academic year 2021.

About the Author

Brad Perks, from Melbourne, Australia, is an associate professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe, Japan. He did his BA at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), MA at University of Newcastle (Newcastle, Australia), and is pursuing an EdD at the University of Southern Queensland (Brisbane, Australia). His teaching and research interests cover TESOL, task-based learning, sociology, and CALL. In classes, he always looks to incorporate cultural values and sociological concepts alongside academic English, and has brought both threads together for this project.


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