Gearing Up for the Olympics in English Classes

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Elizabeth J. Lange, Victor Gorshkov, Bruce Flanagan, Kaichi International University

This paper introduces an English course that, due to the simplicity and universality of its concepts, can be implemented in a variety of teaching contexts and environments. The course focuses on English learning through intercultural communication while addressing recent reforms in English education aims in Japan stipulated by MEXT in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The course instructors created the backdrop of an international event in which Japanese L2 learners presented their knowledge of various Japanese localities to foreign visitors in English. The authors support the notion that international events attracting a large number of foreign visitors to a host country provide an abundance of opportunities for the facilitation of international communication and cultural exchange through English.