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Getting Real in the Classroom: What about Students as Experts?

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Many others have highlighted the necessity of experiencing real and authentic opportunities to communicate in English classes in Japan. Getting real in schools will involve changing the roles that teachers and students assume. As long as the model applied is teacher as distributor of knowledge and students as recipients of this knowledge, authentic opportunities in the classroom for using English will remain out of reach. That paradigm needs to be transformed in ways to narrow the gap between teachers and students, or possibly make it blurry.


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Michael is currently teaching at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, in the American Literature section of the English Department. More information in the About Me page.