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ERIC Number: ED377736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching Japanese for Busy People.
Nakajima, Setsuko
A course designed to teach survival Japanese language and culture to businessmen and professionals with little time for language study is described. The goals were to teach survival vocabulary and a few basic sentence structures and to develop the learners' pragmatic competence in using them. Portions of a commercial textbook were used for instruction. The class met in 4-hour sessions for 11 consecutive days, with just over half the instruction in English and the remainder in Japanese. Basic principles used in conducting the course included: use of short sentences; teaching phonetic differences between English and Japanese; instruction in the effective use of two expressions: "Onegaishimasu and Sumimasen"; use of contextualized exercises; and incorporation of detailed explanations on usage of expressions. Those who wish to continue Japanese language study are able to join the regular first-year course in the second term, with some additional study of the Japanese phonetic alphabet. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan