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Japan

Program Title: Yan-san to nihon no hitobito [Yan and the Japanese People]
EASC Code: JY-06
Series Title: Episode 14 - 19
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles:
Subject: Language
Program Type:
Media Type: VHS
Director:
Producer:
Release Date: 1991
Running Time: 58 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: This is a video teaching resource that presents the adventures in Japan of a young foreigner named Yan in mini-drama form (13 episodes, each about 6 minutes long). Each episode stands on its own, but the same characters reappear and the episodes taken together also show a continuous plot development, making the series enjoyable as a whole. One feature of this set is that it exposes students to natural language use by actively incorporating greetings and other conventional expressions, by having the characters speak at a conversational speed that is normal for Japanese, and so on. Another feature of the set is that it allows students to gain an understanding of Japanese society today through video teaching materials.
Supplementary teaching materials that accompany the tapes include three texts (a teacher's manual in Japanese, another teacher's manual in English, and scenarios in both Japanese and English) and two sound-track tapes. This set is the source for skits used in "Let's Learn Japanese Basic I," a television course presently being broadcast in English-speaking countries.
Data Entry Date: 2/2/1999