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Against Vocationalism and Reapraising Anglophone Literature for Japanese Students in A Globalized Society: Developing a Resilient Life

In the current globalized world, students want to learn English to make themselves more marketable to employers, and institutions have repositioned their English programs to meet that demand, which is also true in Japan. According to the survey, where from a stance of pragmatism I asked people in work places of 10% of the occupations in Japan, they responded that English and special skills and knowledge are important, but more importantly, students need the abilities that correspond to what happens when reading literature. Additionally, comparatively reading cross-cultural literature assists students and others to build a resilient life in an increasingly westernized and globalized environment. In education, although reading strategies and oral communication are needed, so is cross-cultural, slow reading of literature.

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