Online Materials for Teaching Japanese

Kai Masumi (University of Guam, Guam)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 248
EISBN13: 9781616921422|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-880-2.ch013
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This chapter discusses how to adapt online learning to teach Japanese language courses. The author overviews the current language education situation in Japan, introducing the existing online Japanese courses and examine their content. Online learning is convenient because learners can learn at any time or place. However, learning Japanese online has a problem, namely a complicated typing system. The author details how typing in Japanese can be an obstruction to learning online. She also discusses the merits of typing exercises. Their previous research shows that learning Japanese characters at an early stage of learning can improve the students’ listening ability. The author introduces hiragana and katakana software which can enhance the learning of characters. Finally, she describes a system to monitor the students’ progress and involvement and how to incorporate online learning with face-toface instruction.
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