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Shizuoka Dreaming


by Steve Redford, John Matthews, Ken Groger, & Chris Scammell

A4; 90pp


At the heart of Shizuoka Dreaming is an easy-to-listen-to, light-hearted love story that makes listening practice fun—a story that also provides students with the language they need to develop basic conversation skills. As students listen to the story, they work through exercises that focus on comprehension of both gist and detail, and are given a chance to distinguish between similar sounds. Then, they use the language introduced in the story to engage in authentic speaking activities.

Speaking Functions

  • Introductions
  • Experiences
  • Greetings Advice
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Reported Speech
  • Asking Questions
  • Storytelling (past tense)
  • Invitations
  • Listener Reactions
  • Requests
  • The Future

Use this book for:

  • Basic conversation classes
  • Listening-based classes


A great story for motivating students

"I think the conversation class is very good. . . . One reason is the text is so good. The story is interesting and expressions are easy to understand. I think everyone is interested in the story about love. It is interesting and I am curious about the continuation of the story. . . ." (a male student)

". . . the textbook was really interesting. The story moved litle by little, like a drama in TV. I had the continuance of the story on my mind every week. In this class, we had a lot of homework every week. But I think it was not so hard because I was looking forward to know what happened between Kai and Yuki. And now I really want to know whether they could go out eventually? If so, which one said to another that he or she love another, Kai or Yuki?" (a female student)


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