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ERIC Number: ED408841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Development of Framework in K-12 Japanese as a Second Language.
Kite, Yuriko K.; Nunan, David
The origins and design of a framework for Japanese second language instruction and curriculum development, created for use in international schools in Japan, are described. The effort was part of a Japanese Language Project undertaken by the Japanese Council for International Schools and funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education. The guiding principles included: integration of language forms and communicative functions; purposeful use of language; authentic language materials; priority of spoken language; incorporation of learning strategies as well as content; deliberate focus on form to support development of language use; cyclical and developmental introduction of language; support and enhancement of the learner's cognitive, affective, and cultural development; experiential content reflecting learner needs and interests; creation of connections between school and the world beyond, including skills for independent learning; learning opportunities reflecting learners' differences; reflection on and development of language within a Japanese cultural context; development of an understanding of the culture of the Japanese community; effort to increase friendship and cooperation with Japanese people; and deepened understanding of the learner's own language and culture. Contains 21 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan