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Feature Article: Courtroom drama and jury discussion in the classroom

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Yoko Munezane, University of Electro-Communications

 

Abstract

How would you feel if you were selected to serve on a jury? Would you be excited to be a part of the legal system, or would you consider it a burden to make judgments that could have a dire effect on other people’s lives? According to the Japan Times (Ogasawara, et al., 2007), many Japanese worry about being selected as a lay judge in the new jury system to be introduced by May 2009. This paper discusses the benefits of using courtroom drama and jury discussions in the classroom as a practical way to bridge English classrooms with policy reform in the real world. The course raised students’ interest in courtroom trials and serving on a jury, while offering increased opportunities to use English and sharpen critical thinking skills in an authentic communicative context.

本論文は大学の英語のクラスに模擬裁判劇と模擬陪審員ディスカッションを取り入れることの有効性を論じる。本稿はJALT 2005 において筆者がバリー・キース氏 チャールズ・ヴァルコー氏と共に発表した’Environment in the Balance’’ からつながるものである。その際にっ実験的に紹介したレッスン・プラン及び、模擬裁判劇を実際にクラスルームで実践してみた結果を読者を分かち合いたい。学生達は聴衆を意識して演じることで、コミュニカティヴスキルを伸ばし、ディスカションを通して、クリティカルシンキングのスキルに磨きをかけると供に陪審員の重い責任も自覚した。又、2009年度から始まる陪審員制度への関心も高まった。

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