Today's lesson for the Grade 8 Class was using the grammar pattern "to + infinitive".
For example; I went to Osaka to eat takoyaki.
The sample text in the book to teach this pattern? A speech about the benefits of genetically modified foods! Reproduced here in all it's glory!
Aki: Look at this picture. The children are hungry. They need food. My dream is to be a scientist and produce enough food for hungry people. Years ago, scientists produced a new kind of wheat. Why did they produce the new wheat? To help hungry people. The new wheat can fight illness and insects, so you can get a lot of it. Some people are against this kind of food, but it can help hungry people. I want to produce safe new food someday.
Do you have any questions or comments?
Carlos: Yes, the picture was shocking to me. Are there many hungry people in the world?
Aki: Yes. About one billion people cannot get enough food to eat today.
Lin: We're producing new kinds of rice in China. Why are some people against new foods?
Aki: They say, "Some of the new foods may harm other plants and useful insects."
Mr. Brown: Thank you, Aki. You did a good job.
Japanese textbooks are so entertaining.