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ERIC Number: EJ854581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Teaching Learning Strategies for Learner Success
Rose, Heath
Babel, v38 n2 p32-36, 38 Spr 2003
Kanji are a component of the Japanese writing system that originated from Chinese characters. There are about ten thousand kanji in use in Japanese literature, but knowledge of only the 2000 most frequently occurring of these is needed to be functionally literate in Japanese. The present study, therefore, aimed to address two questions: (1) What kanji learning strategies do primary school age learners of Japanese use when memorising kanji?; and (2) Can kanji learning strategies observed in successful language learners be taught to less successful learners to improve kanji learning ability? The participants were a class of Year 6 students who were learning Japanese at a primary school in Sydney. All students had been learning Japanese for between two and three years and had been instructed by the same teacher and with the same curriculum. The study has shown that the introduction of kanji learning strategies in the initial stages of kanji instruction can help improve learners' kanji learning efficiency. Teachers should teach students the learning strategies that have been shown in this study and previous studies to benefit kanji memorisation at an early stage of kanji instruction. (Contains 1 table.)
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A