ERIC Number: ED421397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
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Picture This Character: Using Imagery To Teach a Japanese Syllabary.
Thompson, Joyce D.; Wakefield, John F.
This study examined the effectiveness of imagery to teach native English speakers to associate hiragana characters (a Japanese script) with the spoken Japanese syllables that the characters represent. Twenty-one adults in a psychology of learning class for teachers were taught to picture a hiragana character in such a way as to establish an associative link to the sound of its corresponding syllable. The control condition was direct instruction of character-syllable associations. Results for imagery surpassed results for direct instruction both immediately and after a 2-week delay. The "picture method" is an effective teaching/learning strategy to establish associative links between hiragana characters and the sounds they represent, and might be used to teach other syllabaries. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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