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ERIC Number: ED357607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-1
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Mainland U.S. High School Japanese Language Programs.
Toriyama, Kyoko
This study surveyed 29 high schools concerning Japanese language instruction (JLI). A questionnaire focused on five aspects of JLI, including type of textbooks and supplementary teaching materials used; teaching approaches and goals and student achievement; class formation; and ideas for future JLI. Data from 17 high school Japanese language teachers were analyzed. Subjects reported using three writing systems (Japanese only, romanization and Japanese, romanization only) and as many as 11 different types of textbooks. Half of the respondents rated speaking as the most required language skill, followed by listening, reading, and writing. Respondents noted the need for more current textbooks and teaching materials. Discussion focuses on ways to improve Japanese textbooks, the value of using television to teach Japanese language and culture, the use of computers in Japanese language classes, and the gap between high school and university instruction in Japanese. The role of proficiency-oriented methods in JLI and training, certification, and networks for teachers are addressed. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A