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ERIC Number: ED452724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 35
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Communicative Writing: Teaching Japanese High School Students To Use Writing To Communicate in English.
Matsubara, Yoshikazu
This paper argues that Japanese education should place more emphasis on teaching students to write effectively in English. It notes that the Japanese Ministry of Education has put more emphasis in recent years in teaching students to listen and communicate orally in English. It is argued that in the age of the Internet, when so much information is expressed in writing, more emphasis needs to be placed on teaching students to communicate effective in writing. The ability to communicate precisely and quickly in written form is becoming more important in the Internet age. This paper reviews the English language teaching practices in Japan, analyzes the three main elements of communicative writing instruction, and introduces some practical applications and samples for teaching communicative writing in Japanese high schools. It is suggested that there are three key elements of communicative writing: real purpose, real audience, and linkage to reading. As the emphasis in English teaching in Japan shifts to "real communication" as the new "Course of Study" will be implemented nationally in 2002, too many Japanese teachers of English still rely on emphasizing the grammar and translation method. (Contains 33 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan