Dear teachers,

The audio tracks and teacher resources will be ready by the end of February 2022. 

If you have decided to use Ibunka!, you can request the printed Teacher's book and access to the online resources here. They will be ready by the end of February 2022.

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How does "Ibunka!" work?

Take a look at the textbook

If you teach English in Japan, you can request a free evaluation copy.

→ Already decided to use ibunka?

If you have decided to use ibunka!, why not request access to the complementary materials as listed? They will be delivered by the end of February 2022:

  • Passwords for the vocabulary translations and the teacher pages

  • Online forms

  • Printed Teacher's book

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Book information - ibunka!

  • ISBN: 978-4-905343-30-1

  • Authors: Stephen Richmond, Bruno Vannieu

  • 96 pages (A4), color

  • Price:  ¥2,500 + tax​​

  • Free access to multimedia site (audio tracks, vocabulary, etc.)

Online presentations

1. November 13th, 2021:
JALT (textbook presentation)

Practice-Oriented Short Workshop
Ibunka! A New Textbook for Teaching Intercultural Communication in Language Classes
(Presentation #665)
 

  • Presenter: Stephen Richmond (Kyoto University of Advanced Science)

  • Saturday, November 13th

  • 10:45 AM - 11:10 AM (25 minutes)

Stephen Richmond has been teaching, editing and translating in Japan since 1999, and is currently Associate Professor of English at Kyoto University of Advanced Science. He teaches and researches intercultural communication. His publications include the first two editions of Conversations in Class (Alma Publishing), Sekai o Motenasu: Simple Eikaiwa (Gakken Plus) and the bi-monthly newspaper Enjoy Kyoto.

2. November 28th, 2021:
19th Autumn Workshop (teaching techniques)

 

Intercultural Communication Basics in Language Classes​​

  • Presenter: Stephen Richmond (Kyoto University of Advanced Science)

  • Sunday, November 28th, 2021

  • 16:20 - 17:20


Introducing some basic ideas about cultural tendencies and differences into EFL classes is worthwhile and surprisingly doable. There are a number of
strategies we can use to help make these topics
engaging, accessible, and fun. In this workshop I will
demonstrate ways that help intermediate-level students to connect with sometimes-arcane topics, and
express themselves in the target language with refinement and respect.

Overview 

We are proud to announce the new launch of Ibunka! textbook in November 2021!

Ibunka! is a unique second-language textbook that introduces Japanese university students to basic topics of intercultural communication. Created by language teachers, it is dynamic, thought-provoking and fun!

Who is this textbook appropriate for?

It was designed for a wide range of intermediate-level EFL courses, including general English, communication and content-based classes.

 

What is original about it?

The content is grounded in topics of everyday life, which are far more accessible than difficult theories and concepts.
Students will learn to express themselves on these topics in a nuanced way.

Structure of Lessons

Two-step Progression

In Part 1 of each unit, You and Your Culture, students reflect on their own habits and preferences, compare them with their classmates’, and express basic ideas about culture.

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Part 2, People in Other Cultures, introduces students to other cultural patterns, and guides them to react to some examples of cultural differences and similarities.

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Guided Expression

Throughout each lesson, students are given a variety of scaffolded language models. Language “toolboxes”, developed over three editions of our best-selling Conversations in Class textbook, provide a springboard for students to express themselves.


For intermediate-level EFL students with basic conversational ability, the next challenge is to learn to speak with nuance and express their opinions rationally:

qualifying what they say, for example by saying

“Many elderly Japanese people like to … ” instead of

“Japanese people like to …”

expressing their personal habits and points of view in relation to their society’s values:

“Most university students in Japan … but personally …”

reacting respectfully to differences by explaining what they find to be and why:

“I found this to be surprising because …”

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Online Resources for Teachers

Ibunka! is fully supported with digital complements for use in a range of teaching contexts.

1) Digital textbook

The entire textbook is available in convenient Flipbook format.

2) Online forms

Use these to assign homework or to gather and project student responses during class.

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Concept

Intercultural Communication as Experienced by Real People

Through the Ibunka Survey, many people who live or have lived abroad shared their thoughts on a variety of everyday topics. This textbook is based on their responses.

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Target levels

This textbook is for intermediate-level English learners. However, it can be adjusted to be used with a wider range of abilities and situations by using these features.

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Take a look at the textbook

If you teach English in Japan, you can request a free evaluation copy.

→ Already decided to use ibunka?

If you have decided to use ibunka!, why not request access to the complementary materials as listed? They will be ready by the end of February 2022:

  • Passwords for the vocabulary translations and the teacher pages

  • Online forms

  • Printed Teacher's book

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