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USTA

Licenciatura en Lengua Extranjera Inglés
EFL INTEGRATED SKILLS
Assignment 1 - Reading a Comparison-Contrast Essay

By Albeiro Verjel

School Days: A World of Differences: Development of the activity

Part One

1. What two things do you think the writer will compare in the article? Until this point I
can clearly see that the autor is about to compare the Japanese and the American
education systems.
2. What Differences between Japanese and American schools are explained in the third
and fourth paragraphs? Japanese students tend to go to school from a very early age
(3 years old) and leave at adulthood (18 years old) while Americans don’t.
3. In this paragraph, what main difference is after school activities is described?
Japanese students have a very busy study life, they take extra sessions at private schools
to prepare for tests and do a lot of homework.
4. How does the writer organize the similarities and Differences described in paragraph
six? The autor organizes the information first showing what is common to both systems
and then going Deep into the differences of both systems.

Part Two

Write your comments in your Think-Aloud Chart (I developed this point of the activity while I
was Reading the text).

Think Aloud Chart

Identify a problem It seems that Japanese people are spending lots of money in
“cram schools” due to the high standards and requirements
of the system.
Solve a problem Well, I really do not see a solution to this, since it would
mean to change the system itself.
Predict what happens I think, the next that is going to happen is that the autor will
next provide insights on how to improve the quality of free time
of Japanese students.
Picture the text I didn’t understand this point.
Make comparison(s) Japanese students enter school at a very early age,
Americans not so early. Japanese students have a lot of
homework and extra clases, Americans have more time for

while Americans are more based on skills for life. while an American students goes to school only 180 days. arts. their emphasis is test results. Japanese children must be very unhappy and miserable. Japan’s education system seems to be a more strict and competitive one. I am astonished and sad for that. While I was doing this assignment I felt curious and wanted to investigate a little more about this. hobbies. and I am amazed at finding terrible statistics that say Japanese Young people are among the ones who decide to end their lives committing suicide. In my opinion. how are the two school systems alike? How are they different? Japanese and American education systems are similar in that they do their best effors to provide the best education to their users and both are regarded as high quality education systems in the world. sports. Thanks dear teacher for the interesting assignment. However. . A Japanese students attends school for 240 days a year. their lifes are not like those children that enjoy their school years. Part Three According to the MiniRead. I don’t think Japanese students are happy at all. Make comments I think that children should spend more time doing things they enjoy.