A Study on Developing Abilities of Thinking and Expression Through Studying Critical Essays in Japanese Classes at a Senior High School : The practices of comparative reading using essay "Mizunotozai" written by Masakazu Yamazaki
This research aims to find the effective way of developing the students' abilities of thinking and expression to a higher level through reading critical essays in Japanese classes. In order to improve students' abilities, students read two essays. After reading two essays written by different authors or the same authors, students thought about the topic by themselves and expressed their thoughts from their own points of view. Microteaching and action research programs seemed to broaden the students' perspectives and enable them to probe ideas deeper. The result shows that using several reading materials is effective to broaden students' ways of thinking and means of expression.
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teaching critical essays
comparative reading of different essays by same author
comparative reading of essays on similar topic by different authors