Introductory Japanese Language Education Methodology (a)

Takao KINUGAWA Professor

Department: Graduate School of Languages and Cultures

Class Time: 2011 Spring Thursday
Recommended for: Graduate students majoring in Japanese Language and Culture

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Lecture Aims

The purpose of this lecture is to gain a clear understanding of the goals and concepts of language teaching, from the point of view of the cognitive approach based on SLA, and the socio-cultural approach based on social constructivism.

Key Features

For Japanese language learners today, the ways of learning Japanese and the learning environment have diversified; so it is important for Japanese language teachers to have firm views on language competence, learning and teaching.

Students with various background attend this lecture. Some students already have rich experience in teaching Japanese, and some have no experience of teaching but much of learning foreign languages.

In the lectures, several open-ended questions are given to encourage full, meaningful answers using the students' own experience and/or knowledge. This lecture is designed to form each student's views of language competence, learning and teaching through these discussions.

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Textbooks

Appropriate textbooks will be introduced in the lecture.

Important points for attendance

Reading comprehension of materials, debate, and preparation of reports will take place in the lessons, giving serious consideration to discussion, and resolution of concerns raised in the presentation process.

Fundamental knowledge of concepts should be gained beforehand, by studying the following material:

  • K. Johnson, H. Johnson (eds.) (1999), The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Linguistics: A Handbook for Language Teaching, Wiley-Blackwell.

References

  • Canale, M. (1983) "From Communicative Competence to Communicative Language Pedagogy". in Richards, J. C. & Schmidt, R. W. (eds.) Language and Communication. pp.2-27.
  • Bachman, L.F. (1990) "Communicative Language Ability", Fundamenttal Considerations in Language Testing. pp.81-110.

Assignments

Term Paper (PDF, 78KB)

Coure Schedule

Session Contents
1 Orientation
2 The Paradigm shift in Japanese Language Teaching 1
3 The Paradigm shift in Japanese Language Teaching 2
4 The Paradigm shift in Japanese Language Teaching 3
5 A View of Competence 1; Communicative competence 1
6 A View of Competence 1; Communicative competence 2
7 A View of Competence 2; Communicative language ability in communicative language use competence 1
8 A View of Competence 2; Communicative language ability in communicative language use competence 2
9 Mid-term Exam & Feedback
10 A View of Competence 3; Interactional Competence 1
11 A View of Competence 3; Interactional Competence 2
12 A View of Competence, learning and teaching in the language classroom 1
13 A View of Competence, learning and teaching in the language classroom 2
14 A View of Competence, learning and teaching in the language classroom 3
15 A View of Competence, learning and teaching in the language classroom 4

Grading

Subject Report (40%), Exam (40%), Participation and performance in lessons (20%)

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Lecture Handouts

Lecture Handout (PDF, 213KB)

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Page last updated February 16, 2011

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