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Life Lessons (Pilot edition)
by Brad Perks
|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.