ERIC Number: ED451700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
A Communicative Framework for Introductory Japanese Language Curricula. Technical Report.
Hawaii Univ., Manoa. Second Language Teaching and Curriculum Center.
Teaching Japanese as a second language is relatively new in the United States. The learning experience of the Japanese language learner is typically quite different from the learner of a European foreign language. It is also more challenging for the teacher, because the support and experience base for teaching Japanese is not nearly as rich or established as that for teaching Spanish or French. This book is an attempt by Japanese language teachers in Washington State to remedy this gap by specifying standards of instructional content and student performance that are comprehensive, explicit, and achievable. This book itself is not a curriculum--it is more of a framework. It should be read as a resource document--as a tool for building curricula that will allow students to achieve functional communication skills in Japanese. These guidelines are intended to assist individual teachers and professional associations throughout the United States in designing curricula. Chapter titles include the following: "Principles and Strategies"; "Topics, Functions, and Concepts"; "A Framework for Assessment"; "Authenticity, Context, and Culture"; "Written Language"; "On the Role of Explanation and Transcription"; and Teacher Preparation and Training." (Appendices cover topic areas, communicative functions, concepts, and contain a glossary.) (KFT)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Curriculum Development, High School Students, High Schools, Instructional Development, Japanese, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
University of Hawaii Press, Order Department, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822 ($20). Web site: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Manoa. Second Language Teaching and Curriculum Center.
Identifiers - Location: United States