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Nakama 1A : 2nd Edition - Kazumi Hatasa

Paperback Published: 18th March 2008
ISBN: 9780618966288
Number Of Pages: 304

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Nakama 1 is a complete, flexible introductory program designed to present the fundamentals of the Japanese language to college students. Presented in two parts, Nakama 1a and Nakama 1b, the program focuses on proficiency-based language learning, emphasises practical communication and student interaction, and fosters the development of all four language skills and cultural awareness.

Thematically organised chapters focus on high-frequency communicative situations and introduce students to the Japanese language and its three writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Maintaining the program's balanced approach, the new edition features updated technology resources, new authentic art, and practical, contemporary vocabulary to enhance both teaching and learning.

New to this Edition

  • New! Updated and expanded cultural content presents profiles of contemporary Japanese lifestyles, illustrated with abundant realistic photos and accompanied by questions that develop cultural awareness.

  • New! Revised dialogues, exercises, and vocabulary presentations reflect current cultural practices and social situations typical of students in Japan; Dialogue Phrase Notes provide more detailed explanations for expressions used.

  • New! Enhanced and expanded art program features culturally authentic manga-style illustrations that reflect contemporary Japanese culture.

  • New! Earlier introduction of katakana and kanji encourages use of the writing systems and accelerates recognition of 125 commonly used kanji; for instructors who prefer to teach katakana after Chapter 3, furigana subscripts are retained for katakana until Chapter 4.

  • New! Updated technology resources include video footage featuring both dialogues and cultural scenes, and the CL JapaneseSPACE portal to new online content that provides free website resources and activities for instructors and students as well as premium interactive activities, video and audio.


About the Authors

Yukiko Abe Hatasa

Yukiko Abe Hatasa received her Ph.D. in linguistics in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught all levels of Japanese for over twenty-five years, and has worked on curriculum development and teacher training in five major institutions in the US, Australia, and Japan. She is known nationwide as one of the premier Japanese methodologists in the US and Japan. She is currently a professor of Japanese pedagogy at Hiroshima University.

Kazumi Hatasa

Kazumi Hatasa received his Ph.D. in education in 1989 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a professor at Purdue University and Director of the Japanese School at Middlebury College. He is recognized internationally for his work in software development for the Japanese language and distributes most of his work as freeware over the Internet.

Seiichi Makino

Seiichi Makino received his Ph.D. in linguistics in 1968 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an internationally prominent Japanese linguist and scholar who is recognized throughout the world for his scholarship and for his many publications. Before beginning his tenure at Princeton University in 1991, he taught Japanese language, linguistics, and culture at the University of Illinois while training lower division language coordinators. He is an experienced ACTFL oral proficiency trainer in Japanese and frequently trains Japanese instructors internationally in proficiency-oriented instruction and in the administration of the Oral Proficiency Interview. Professor Makino has been the Academic Director of the Japanese Pedagogy M.A. Summer Program at Columbia University since 1996. He also directs the Princeton-in-Ishikawa Summer Program. In 2014, the Japanese government honored Dr. Seiichi Makino with a decoration: The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for his outstanding contributions in the mutual academic exchanges between Japan and the United States and the development of Japanese language education.

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Chapter 1: The Japanese Sound System and Hiragana. Chapter 2: Greetings and Introductions. Chapter 3: Daily Routines. Chapter 4: Japanese Cities. Chapter 5: Japanese Homes. Chapter 6: Leisure Time.


Chapter 1: The Japanese Sound System and Hiragana.

Chapter 2: Greetings and Introductions.

Chapter 3: Daily Routines.

Chapter 4: Japanese Cities.

Chapter 5: Japanese Homes.

Chapter 6: Leisure Time.

ISBN: 9780618966288
ISBN-10: 0618966285
Series: World Languages
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 18th March 2008
Publisher: Cengage Learning, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.2 x 21.3  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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