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Japanese Language Teaching in the Nineties : Materials and Course Design - Stefan Kaiser

Japanese Language Teaching in the Nineties

Materials and Course Design

Paperback Published: 17th January 1995
ISBN: 9781873410035
Number Of Pages: 188

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The growth in demand for Japanese in the English-speaking world as a whole, but especially in the United States, Australia and Britain has led to rapid developments in Japanese language teaching and the need for more and improved resources. This collection of papers examines these developments and their implications for the future in a series of case studies by experts from both Europe and Japan. For example the system evolved in Nagoya for accurate aptitude testing is detailed here as is the work/study programme for students at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies designed to gain the most from a period in Japan. The current issues and problems involved in teaching and learning Japanese are discussed: how to deal with the large number of kanji that must be learnt, how to overcome the scarcity of authentic materials outside Japan, the different cultural contexts, and the growing diversity of students requirements. The syllabus of Britain's new GCSE examination in Japanese is included with an outline of the Department of Trade and Industry's Diploma programme and details of other examinations such as the Japan Foundation's Proficiency Test. Ongoing developments in computer-assisted learning such as the Tokyo CASTEL/J project, designed to revolutionise the teaching and learning of Japanese, and suggestions for an effective bi-lingual dictionary (with examples) are included. The papers also draw on current theory in language teaching such as autonomous learning and random aquisition versus structured learning.

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Introduction: Recent approaches in course design and materials development for the teaching of Japanese: an overviewp. 1
Developing a Japanese language-learning aptitude testp. 7
Designing materials for Business Japanese: the SOAS/DTI Diploma Coursep. 19
Integrated approach to placement in Japanp. 43
Teaching Japanese using Apple Macintosh and Hypercardp. 58
The potential of CASTEL/J: a database-oriented approach to CALLp. 69
The new GCSE Japanese: syllabus and materialsp. 79
Teaching Japanese in Derbyshire: an area-based approachp. 105
The importance of design to an English-Japanese learner's dictionary for English-speaking usersp. 116
Course design for autonomous learningp. 126
Bibliographyp. 142
Notesp. 149
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ISBN: 9781873410035
ISBN-10: 1873410034
Series: Japan Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 17th January 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 0.89
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1