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ERIC Number: ED019629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb-4
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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TEACHING JAPANESE IN A SMALL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE, A PRACTICAL STUDY.
ANTHONY, DAVID F.
THE AUTHOR, WHO IS A HISTORIAN, POINTS OUT THE PRACTICAL PROBLEMS OF TEACHERS IN SMALL COLLEGES WHO ARE FACED WITH TEACHING ASIAN LANGUAGES IN ADDITION TO SURVEY COURSES IN FAR EASTERN CULTURAL HISTORY. HE HAS FOUND THAT A COURSE IN THE CULTURAL HISTORY OF JAPAN OR CHINA WILL LEAD TO A DESIRE ON THE PART OF SOME STUDENTS TO LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THE JAPANESE OR CHINESE LANGUAGE. BECAUSE OF THESE INTERRELATED INTERESTS, A COLLEGE PLACING THE JAPANESE OR CHINESE LANGUAGE IN ITS CURRICULUM SHOULD ALSO OFFER A COURSE IN JAPANESE OR CHINESE HISTORY. WHILE IT IS IMPRACTICAL TO OFFER TOO MANY MAJOR FIELDS IN A SMALL COLLEGE, A STUDENT IN SUCH A SCHOOL COULD MAJOR IN ANY OF A NUMBER OF EXISTING DEPARTMENTS AND USE ASIAN STUDIES COURSES FOR CREDIT TOWARD HIS MAJOR. THOSE INTERESTED IN CONTINUING BEYOND THE LIMITS OF A SMALL SCHOOL CURRICULUM SHOULD INVESTIGATE THE COOPERATIVE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS FOR CRITICAL LANGUAGES AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, OR AVAILABLE SUMMER INSTITUTES OFFERING ADVANCED STUDIES IN THESE LANGUAGES. AN OVERRIDING PROBLEM IN THE AREA OF METHODS AND TECHNIQUES IN THE SMALL COLLEGES IS FINDING ADEQUATE TIME FOR LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION. ANOTHER PROBLEM IS FINDING TEXTBOOKS WHICH ARE SATISFACTORY FOR THE NEEDS OF A SMALL SCHOOL. THE AUTHOR STRESSES THE NEED FOR LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION TEXTS IN MODERN JAPANESE WHICH WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT AMONG OTHER THINGS THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTURAL AND SOCIAL CONTENT AS WELL AS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WRITTEN AND SPOKEN JAPANESE, AND TEXTBOOKS WRITTEN IN A STYLE WHICH IS EASILY COMPREHENSIBLE TO USERS WHO ARE NOT SCIENTIFIC LINGUISTS. THIS PAPER WAS READ AT THE SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR ASIAN STUDIES, FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, 4 FEBRUARY 1967. IT APPEARED IN "LIBERAL EDUCATION," VOLUME LIII, NUMBER 2, MAY 1967, PUBLISHED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN COLLEGES, 1818 R STREET N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C. 20009. (AMM)
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Identifiers: Randolph Macon Womans College VA; Virginia (Lynchburg)