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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on November 8th, 2009

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    Hi Blog.  For a Sunday Tangent, I introduce the book below by Greg Goodmacher.  I have no financial stake, don’t worry.  Just wanted to point out that there is a book out there in the education sector which has information on NJ issues.

    I think there should be more like these.  After all, if MOE isn’t going to help with assimilation by approving books that toe the monocultural “Japan is unique” line (not to mention deny ethnic schools official approval as education entities, so their NJ students can’t get subsidies and student discounts), then we international residents who write and sell books should inject multiculturalism into the private sector textbook market.  Hey, what’s being taught below is not unkosher, and thinking about the inevitability of Japan immigration (a tenet Debito.org subscribes to wholeheartedly, natch) is actually a very good thing to get young people thinking about.

    NJ textbook writers in Japan, get cracking.  Educate people.  Promote Japan’s future as a multicultural multiethnic society!  Cover front and back, table of contents, and sample below, excerpted with permission. Click on any page to expand in your browser.  Arudou Debito in Sapporo

    UPDATE:
    Hello Debito,

    Greg forwarded your message to me and noted that some readers have expressed interest in getting evaluation copies.

    Would it be possible for you to add a link or a note that evaluation copies can be requested from Intercom Press.

    Our website is: http://www.intercompress.com
    email: texts@intercompress.com
    fax: 092-726-5069

    Thank you for writing about the text. We really appreciate it.

    Regards,
    Edward Roosa
    Intercom Press, Inc.
    3-9-10-701 Tenjin
    Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0001
    Fax: 092-726-5069

    http://www.intercompress.com

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    5 Responses to “Greg Goodmacher’s EFL textbook on NJ issues: Why aren’t there more like these?”

    1. Biffy Says:

      It looks good. My only question is what do students think of the textbook?

    2. Steve King Says:

      The surest way to make sure there are more books like this on the market is for teachers to start using Greg’s.

      Coverage of NJ issues in EFL textbooks in Japan isn’t so much in the hands of writers, but in the hands of the teachers out there in the market.

      Greg’s book looks great.

    3. AET Says:

      Sounds awesome! I get to touch on NJ issues a lot in my discussion classes and I find them very productive and enlightening for both parties. Having something like this would definitely help though. Many students are still under the impression that for whatever reason I earn U.S. dollars, keep a foreign bank account, have foreign health insurance, and pay foreign taxes. I think demonstrating how very a part of the society we NJ are and giving a voice to our issues is fantastic!

    4. arin Says:

      How and where can I get this book? Or when will it be published?

      – You have the ISBN from the back cover.

      Also, a word from the editor:

      “Hello Debito,

      Greg forwarded your message to me and noted that some readers have expressed interest in getting evaluation copies.

      Would it be possible for you to add a link or a note that evaluation copies can be requested from Intercom Press.

      Our website is: http://www.intercompress.com
      email: texts@intercompress.com
      fax: 092-726-5069

      Thank you for writing about the text. We really appreciate it.

      Regards,
      Edward Roosa
      Intercom Press, Inc.
      3-9-10-701 Tenjin
      Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0001
      Fax: 092-726-5069
      http://www.intercompress.com

    5. Greg Goodmacher Says:

      I completely agree with Steve King’s comment that “Coverage of NJ issues in EFL textbooks in Japan isn’t so much in the hands of writers, but in the hands of the teachers out there in the market.”

      This is true about many controversial social issues. If enough teachers tell book salespeople, editors, and other publishing company workers that teachers want certain types of materials, the publishers will find writers for those materials. Publishers do listen to the voices of teachers because we order their books. If you want more books about NJ issues or other issues, express your opinion again and again. If you go to the JALT conference in Shizuoka, talk to the publishing companies and tell them what you need.

      Thanks for your comments,

      Greg Goodmacher

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