Textbooks

I’ve had a number of textbooks published by Perceptia Press, all of which can be purchased at English Books Japan.

Frames

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A house is useful metaphor for language. Traditionally, language learning has presented the bricks as vocabulary and the mortar as grammar. Many students go through compulsory education and become tired of associating English with grammar. Frames re-frames (pun intended) this learning in two ways; it presents vocabulary chunks or lexical phrases alongside prepositions. The house bricks, or vocabulary chunks, are cemented together by the mortar, or prepositions. In this manner, students can readily see the meaning of sentences as well as their underlying structure. This leads to the second of Frames’ purposes: to re-frame students’ prior learning in a positive, success-driven system.

Frames is aimed at the false beginner who wishes to restart his or her English language education by developing a dynamic view of language that will be generative in future English study.
Use this book for:

  • False beginners
  • University classes
  • Business English classes that focus on communication
  • Private self-study
  • Any general English language class for beginners

English Care

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English Care promotes truly communicative English abilities using health care topics. Each of the three skills of speaking, listening, and reading are developed through genuinely interactive tasks. Genuinely communicative pair activities accompany grammar and vocabulary items which helps students to remember the new items while also giving lots of opportunities to personalise their language production. This textbook is designed for mid-to-upper elementary level students and the writing component aims to develop students’ ability to look at English texts and realise how organic language is and how to use reading to self-study English.

The 15 units explore various current health themes including caring for the elderly, ergonomics, and sports injuries. The main readings contain a central question that deepens students’ awareness of the health issue. Each topic combines a social issue with a health one which helps students understand the connections between health care and wider society.

Activities
English Care is full of achievable activities. Although most tasks have single answers, they all require deeper thinking about how that answer is arrived. Elementary level students will feel satisfied knowing that they can understand and produce quite complex and relevant language, and teachers will feel confident that the types of language skills being developed are useful for students.

The format of the book is modelled on more traditional textbooks to ensure students and teachers feel comfortable using it. However, the activity types and contents reflect modern notions of communicative language teaching. The blend of the traditional and the new produces a rewarding and usable combination.

Use this book for:

  • Oral communication classes
  • Reading classes
  • Health-related general English classes
  • Community Centre classes
  • Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Medical, Dentistry, Health and Welfare English Classes

Therapy Care

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Therapy Care introduces mid- to high-elementary level students to the basics of occupational and physical therapy. Students experience useful communicative English that they can use in their future careers as therapists with English speaking patients.

Many first and second year students of therapy do not yet have a full command of their subject. They acquire this information in the later years of their study. Therapy Care understands this and does not demand highly detailed or technical output from students. Rather, the language practice is geared simultaneously towards building up from the base of that subject knowledge and towards dealing with English that helps them develop language skills in a practical manner.

Therapy Care comprises twelve units which cover a wide range of topics of direct interest to both future physical and occupational therapists. These include the decision to become a therapist, dealing with sports injuries, activities of daily living, and issues in elderly care.

Use this book for:

  • University Physical Therapy courses
  • University Occupational Therapy courses
  • Specialist college courses on Judo Therapy
  • Speech and Hearing Therapy courses
  • Self-study for those interested in therapy

Nursing Care

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Nursing Care fills a much-needed demand for a communicative text aimed at mid-elementary learners of English. Natural language and situations for language use allow students to practice likely uses of English in the nursing environment.

A fundamental principle underpinning Nursing Care is the idea that medical language is hierachical. Language used between medical professionals is different from that used between professionals and patients. Nursing Care presents medical language at the layman’s level. Students learn how to discuss nursing topics in a way that is useful both for their communication with patients and for their own English language development.

The twelve units in Nursing Care cover a wide range of topics, including the decision to become a nurse, typical nursing duties, common illnesses, hygiene, and how to deal with foreign patients.

Use this book for:

  • University nursing courses
  • Self-study with the audio and workbooks
  • Health and welfare courses
  • Any health-related university course

Conversation Master

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Real conversations in English do not follow a question-answer format. Questions are useful in starting conversations. What happens next is a matter for the members of the conversation. Someone may comment on the original question; another may answer it with a new question or try to change the topic altogether. The different personalities in a conversation show themselves as they try to assert their turns, control the conversation, play a less dominant part, and perform other roles. These actions are typical in genuine conversations. Conversation Master introduces students to more authentic models that reflect the dynamics of genuine English conversation.

Conversation Master introduces students to key aspects of conversations. Students learn how to use ums and yeahs to show interest in their conversation partner’s speech, and how to echo to express emotion as well overlap the current speaker effectively. Students get practice in rephrasing what they heard to confirm meaning. They learn ways of clarifying potential misunderstandings. Students see methods of getting speaking time and of softening their opinions.

The twelve units allow students ample space to develop spoken abilities in a range of interesting and relevant topics. Each unit also features a language focus section that provides students with language support.

Use this book for:

  • University conversation classes
  • General conversation classes
  • Preparation courses for overseas study and travel

Taking Issue

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Taking Issue introduces upper-elementary students of English to discussion. Few students voluntarily produce a lot of language output. This text presents the key stages involved in discussion carefully and progressively to give ample support to emerging language in students. Sections in a unit build up and guide students through the concept of the topic, through consideration of the topic, to the eventual expression of opinions on the topic. To complete the given activities very little original language is required from students. Language choices are presented that allow students to become involved in the meaning without hindering their enjoyment of the topic. Students are invited to think about their personal relationship with the topic at an indivual and meaningful level. Each unit builds up to an information exchange. The main way of using the book is to put students into pairs. One student studies one of the two texts in a unit. After language work is completed, they prepare to exchange their story information to their partner. In this manner, much more information can eventually become internalised by the student. Only after a thorough assimilation of the information and of various viewpoints on a topic need a student prepare their own thoughts. Taking Issue is aimed at university-age students and many of the stories either assume a similar age of student or ar directly set in the college environment.

Taking Issue takes learners at the CERF Level A2 (Waystage) to Level B1 (Threshold). Waystage-level students can understand basic personal information that has a direct connection to their lives. They are able to communicate simple information-exchange tasks. To achieve a threshold-level proficiency, students need to practice isolating points in more extended discourse and to find ways of expressing those points within their existing language framework while extending their linguistic knowledge base. Threshold B1 Level users are able to present brief reasons for their opinions. Taking Issue focusses on these skills directly, and students working with Taking Issue will see a clear path that leads from Level A2 to B1.

Use this book for:

  • University discussion classes
  • Private self-study reading text
  • Classes that focus on discourse and communication
  • Language school classes’ discussion materials
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