This course is an introduction to Japanese language pedagogy. As a methodology course, its content will focus on language teaching methods and approaches. It also will provide an overview of Japanese discourse, writing systems, pronunciation, grammatical structure, etc. from the view of language teaching. Class activities include: 1) analysis of textbooks, reference books and internet learning materials; 2) learning of language evaluation methods for the ACTFL-OPI; 3) reviewing of Japanese syntax and semantics; 4) development of teaching materials; 5) discussion of effective and efficient language teaching techniques; 6) conducting of classroom observations and observation reports; 7) making of lesson plans and teaching demonstrations. It will also require quizzes, homework, and a final paper. The ultimate aims of this course are to educate and assist participants to become competitive job candidates and qualified teachers of the Japanese language at all levels, from K-12 and private language schools to the college or university.
Students who are proficient in Japanese and who are interested in developing pedagogy skills for teaching the Japanese language; PhD or Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) MA students or advanced undergraduates. Non-UM Japanese language speakers/teachers are welcome to enroll as guest students.