What if India and Pakistan never separated? What if Latin had spread into North Africa? What if there was a large island between Taiwan and the Philippines? Answering questions like these requires knowledge of geography, history, linguistics, and many related fields, but most of all, trying to answer such questions requires research and discussion. “What if?” questions are a very useful and enjoyable means to improve English language skills. This course combines short lectures about relevant topics in geography, linguistics, history, and so forth, with independent research, short presentations by participants, and extensive discussion. Participants will use and deepen their skills to listen, read, speak, present, and think in English, and learn some things about the world we live in on the way.
Teacher: Dr. Lajos Brons
Lajos Brons received a PhD degree from the department of geography of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 2005 for a multidisciplinary thesis. Most of his research and publications of the past decade have been in philosophy. Since 2012 he has been teaching Logic, Ethics, and Introduction to Philosophy at Lakeland University Japan. Lajos blogs about philosophy, economics, climate change, and related topics. For more information about his research and publications, as well as his blog, see www.lajosbrons.net