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QW 031412 “Enjoy counterargument”

It makes me sad to know that there are only three more classes to go at grad. school. The final elective course that I’m taking now is on "History of English Teaching, with Emphasis on Japan”. Honestly, the class was rather boring until recently because it’s always conducted in a one-way lecture style. It’s the traditional Confucius style in a way. I’ve been trying to find every occasion where I bring argument to share in class. There are two people who always argue that it is next to impossible for Japanese teachers to teach English in English. In every class, usually at the end of the class, they’d start arguing that English should be taught in Japanese, not in English, or the grammar translation method with the full use of Japanese is a very, if not most, effective way to teach English to the kids in Japan. It doesn’t matter much to me that they won’t believe in any other method than the grammar translation method or whatever they believe is effective. What I do care about is their attitude that they always resist learning from the input presented in the lecture and won’t try to find the beauty of what seems new or unfamiliar to them without even trying to think. It seems to me that they’re completely close-minded to anything that they haven’t experienced or practiced. Tonight, again, those two people began criticizing one kind of the Direct Method that Harold Palmer proposed when the clock hit 21:00, the time to close the class. I was like, “Oh no, ladies. There you go again!” After finishing a one-hour midterm exam, I was kind of relaxed and in a good mood. I counter-argued the ladies’ comment like, “I think the beauty of The First Six Weeks of English proposed by Palmer is that learners are exposed to the language before all the logics and analyses come into play just like they would do to adolescents and adults, right? ”. I just wanted to point out the premise on which they were basing their argument seemed, at least to me, to be out of the context in question. The professor gave me an eye contact with deep nodding. Which was enough for me. Well, next time they start talking something irrelevant, illogical and/or out of the context, I’ll wage war, the phrasal verb my friend frequently uses, against them with solid and convincing argument.

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