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Understanding Our New Challenges

Authors Dave Rear / Hisashi Sugifuji
Genres Essay / Social Issues /
Format B5 / 112P
Price 1,900yen(2,090yen including tax)
ISBN 9784791934263
Audio Language Amer E
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A clear explanation of current social issues. Lucidly written, this text will stimulate learners’ awareness as well as the power of their imagination.

Aimed at intermediate and advanced students, this text deals clearly with an array of up-to-the-minute topics in five areas: culture, society, science and technology, environmental concerns, and economics. (The essays are roughly 800 words in length.) Readers will grasp the causes of the problems our world faces and what we can do to address them. In addition to questions focusing on vocabulary and comprehension, it will give students the skills they need to put together their own ideas on the topics. The teacher’s manual contains a mini-test for each unit.


Super Language Learners: How do people learn many languages?

Flat Organizations: Do we need a boss?

Sleep Myths: Early to bed and early to rise?

Free Speech: Should there be any limits?

Medical Technology: Should we try to live forever? 

Robot Revolution: Which jobs are most at risk?

Green Cities: Where are the world’s cleanest cities?

Free Trade: Good for all or good for some?

Social Inequality: Why is there a gap between rich and poor?

Science Fiction: Can it predict the future? etc. (Total 20 units)