East Asian Languages & Cultures | Teaching Japanese as a Foreign/Second Language
J525 | 1709 | Watt


This course examines contemporary paradigms of foreign language instruction,
identifies critical issues in language pedagogy, and explores various
techniques of teaching the four language skills (speaking, listening,
reading, and writing).  Special topics include the use of teaching
materials, the teaching of culture, computer-assisted teaching, teaching "in
context," textbook/courseware evaluations, and student performance
assessment.

The class, taught in a seminar-practicum format, is conducted mainly in the
target language; however, students may use either English or Japanese in
discussions.  Class assignments may include classroom evaluations, lesson
planning, teaching demonstrations, critical presentations of selected
readings, small projects, and a term paper.  Active participation in class
is mandatory. This course is designed for graduate and advanced
undergraduate students with an interest in acquiring knowledge, skills, and
experience in teaching Japanese as a foreign language.