Making Sense of Japanese

What the Textbooks Don't Tell You

Author: Jay Rubin

Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated

ISBN: 9784770028020

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 135

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This text aims to offer entertaining shortcuts to mastering the Japanese language. It offers creative approaches to common problems that plague beginning students of Japanese. Difficult areas involving subjects, adjectives, verbs and particles are covered, in a straightforward, readable format. Making Sense of Japanese is the fruit of one foolhardy American's thirty-year struggle to learn and teach the Language of the Infinite. Previously known as Gone Fishin', this book has brought Jay Rubin more feedback than any of his literary translations or scholarly tomes,

Teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Heritage Language Students

Curriculum Needs, Materials, and Assessment

Author: Kimi Kondo-Brown,James Dean Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351547119

Category: Education

Page: 362

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This book contributes to building the research knowledge that language teaching professionals need in developing curriculum for the large population of East Asian heritage students (including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) in countries like the United States, Canada, and Australia, where speakers of East Asian languages are among the fastest growing populations. Heritage learners are defined as those who initially acquired certain levels of linguistic and cultural competence in a non-dominant language mainly through interaction with foreign-born parents and other family members at home. Heritage language instruction is currently a “hot topic” and is becoming a sub-discipline within the fields of foreign language education and applied linguistics. Special instruction for heritage language learners is on the rise, particularly in the U.S. and Canada. Providing theoretical and practical information about heritage-language instruction in terms of curriculum design, learner needs, materials development, and assessment procedures, the goal of this book is not only to promote research about heritage students in East Asian languages but also to improve the teaching of these students in various educational settings and all over the world, especially in English speaking countries. The volume is organized in four sections: *Overview—addressing the timeliness, necessity, and applications of the work and issues and future agendas for teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Korean heritage students; *Language Needs Analysis; *Attitude, Motivation, Identity, and Instructional Preference; and *Curriculum Design, Materials Development, and Assessment Procedures Teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Heritage Language Students is intended as a primary text or reference for researchers, educators, and students in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment studies related to teaching bilingual and heritage students in general and East Asian heritage students in particular.


Author: 神谷妙子

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770029836

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 311

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Chapters are organised by communicative function. Each presents several Japanese sentence patterns side-by-side with English equivalents (in the form of simple example sentences). The English equivalents are meant to give the English-speaking learner a clear idea of how the Japanese sentence pattern is actually used. Following each Japanese pattern and English equivalent is an explanation of the Japanese grammar, which gives the reader the necessary information to generate sentences using the pattern introduced. Example sentences in English and Japanese follow. There is also a

On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights in Japan

Author: Judith Pascoe

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472037404

Category: Travel

Page: 192

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While teaching in Japan, Judith Pascoe was fascinated to discover the popularity that Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights has enjoyed there. Nearly one hundred years after its first formal introduction to the country, the novel continues to engage the imaginations of Japanese novelists, filmmakers, manga artists, and others, resulting in numerous translations, adaptations, and dramatizations. On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë is Pascoe’s lively account of her quest to discover the reasons for the continuous Japanese embrace of Wuthering Heights. At the same time, the book chronicles Pascoe’s experience as an adult student of Japanese. She contemplates the multiple Japanese translations of Brontë, as contrasted to the single (or nonexistent) English translations of major Japanese writers. Carrying out a close reading of a distant country’s Wuthering Heights, Pascoe begins to see American literary culture as a small island on which readers are isolated from foreign literature.

Japanese linguistics

an introduction

Author: Toshiko Yamaguchi

Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 220

View: 5354


An introduction to Japanese linguistics, which is designed to introduce students to the areas of Japanese linguistics. This book contains chapters, which contains an explanation of the key concepts of the subject, followed by activities, which are designe