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In Hot Water
Stories of Surprise,
Adventure, and (Mis)communication in
by David P. Shea
|In Hot Water is a collection of 26 fun and
easy-to-read short stories that introduce exciting
situations, warm humor, and cross cultural views of
life in Japan.
Some stories involve surprise and astonishment,
including magic chocolate, Halloween ghosts, and
strange people sitting next to you on the train.
Others are full of danger, like finding wild animals
in the kitchen, setting the house on fire (almost),
and going skiing the first time on a very steep
mountain. Still others introduce the difficulty (and
excitement) of communicating with people from
different cultural backgrounds, such as the
handicapped man who just wanted to shake hands on
the train, the farmer with a very unusual family
recipe, and the grandfather who explained the tricky
art of taking a hot bath!
In addition to the stories, there are discussion
questions and activities ideal for an interactive,
creative classroom; the book can also be used as an
individual reader as well as a textbook for study at
either high school or university level. In addition,
online word lists and comprehension questions allow
review and self-study.
“Sometimes David tells the truth. Mostly he
exaggerates.” – Haruka, colleague
“My brother is a complete liar. Don't believe a
word he says.” – Robbie, younger brother
“It's too bad he can't hear insects.” – James,
“The stories are fun, the best part of the class!”
– third year student
About the author
David Shea has lived in Tokyo since 1993.
After studying in the FALCON program at Cornell,
he received a PhD in foreign language education
from the University of Georgia and has taught in
the Faculty of Business & Commerce at Keio
University since 2000. He has published articles
on intercultural communication, language
pedagogy, and bilingual policy but his main
interest is teaching in the EFL classroom.