ERIC Number: ED451699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
An Argument for the Use of Authentic Texts with Beginners of Japanese as a Foreign Language. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 58.
This paper argues that the use of Japanese authentic texts in the Japanese second language classroom is superior to using texts written for pedagogical purposes. Authentic texts are very useful teaching tools, even for beginners. They are more interesting, because they have been written for a communicative purpose and their content promotes the desire to acquire greater fluency. Authentic texts also motivate the learner to learn to read Japanese characters from the beginning of instruction. The paper discusses the learning of Japanese orthography. Communicative philosophy assumes that every dimension of learning should be appropriate to students needs, expectations, and experiences on the one hand and the realities of communication in the target language on the other. This can be realized through the use of authentic texts. (Contains 41 references.) (KFT)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Japanese, Learning Strategies, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Uncommonly Taught Languages
The Secretary, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Dublin Univ. Trinity Coll. (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.