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ERIC Number: ED360817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Pages: 113
Abstractor: N/A
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Articulation Problems of the Japanese Language Programs between High Schools in Oregon and the University of Oregon.
Toriyama, Kyoko
The development of high school Japanese language programs (JLPs) in Oregon has been remarkable since the 1980s. However, high school students educated in Japanese face problems of articulation as they enter the JLP at the University of Oregon. Because little attention has been paid to the problem of articulation, a study of these students' problems is necessary. This thesis presents statistical and analytical interpretations of the situation, focusing on how high school students function in high school JLPs and how high school Japanese educated students perform in college. Survey data were collected from students and teachers in Oregon: 48 students in the University of Oregon Japanese program who had received high school Japanese instruction, 7 high school Japanese language teachers, and 516 high school students enrolled in JLPs. Interviews were then conducted with University of Oregon students with high school Japanese education, five university Japanese language instructors, and three high school Japanese language teachers. Data showed that at the University of Oregon, academic enthusiasm and motivation of high school Japanese educated students were higher than those of college level beginners. Speaking was emphasized to a greater extent at the university than in the high school JLPs, and problems faced by high school Japanese educated students in the college program were primarily in speaking. Lack of textbooks, poor teacher qualification, and lack of course variety were cited as problems. Areas for future investigations include communication between high school and college educators as a means of resolving articulation problems, teacher training collaboration, and mandatory placement tests. Appendices contain a list of the 10 largest high school Japanese programs in Oregon in 1990 and a list of teaching methods. (JP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon