January 26, 2009

Obama's Speeches are a Best Selling Source of (I Hope) English Interest

The English teacher in me is well please that a lot of my students, nay, a lot of Japanese people everywhere are buying books about Barrack Obama. Not just his own books, but transcripts of his speeches, complete with translation. I hope they are actually reading the facing English pages.

I sent my students a link to iKnow recently, as my obsession with trying to get them to learn more than for an hour a week and study English grows all the time. Today I sent them a followup link to the iKnow lessons based on Obama's speeches. We'll see if any new terms get bandied about in class. Here's a link if you are curious.

If you would like to read up on the book phenomenon, well, I have a link for that too (MSNBC). I think that it is great so many people are getting interested in American politics over here; I just wish they would take some initiative locally too.