1st Edition

Social Networking Approach to Japanese Language Teaching The Intersection of Language and Culture in the Digital Age

Edited By Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku, Fumiko Nazikian, Jisuk Park Copyright 2021
    220 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    220 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Social Networking Approach to Japanese Language Teaching is a timely guide for Japanese language teachers and anyone interested in language pedagogy.

    The book outlines an innovative approach to language instruction which goes beyond the communicative approach and encourages a global view of language education and curriculum development through the use of social networking. It showcases diverse examples of how social networking can be harnessed and incorporated into everyday language classes to increase learners’ curiosity and engagement in real cultural and global interactions. While the focus is on Japanese language teaching, the concepts explored can be applied to other languages and teaching contexts.

    This book will benefit teachers of any language as well as linguists interested in language pedagogy.

    1 Social Networking Approach: Language Education for Global Citizenship

    Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku

    2 Widening a Global View Through Connecting With Multicultural Speakers

    Fumiko Nazikian

    3 Imagining an Alternative: "What if?" Project – Novice to Intermediate level

    Jisuk Park

    4 Who Are We? Rediscovering and Reconstructing Our Identities Through Personal Storytelling, Using the SNA Approach

    Asami Tsuda

    5 Developing JFL Learners’ Reading and Writing Skills with the SNA

    Yuki Matsuda

    6 "Ikumen" Project in the San Diego Japanese Community

    Izumi Takeda

    7 Learning Japanese Through Connection

    Cao Le Dung Chi

    8 Building Learning Communities Through a Character Bento Project

    Junko Tokuda Simpson

    9 Connecting With Local Japanese Communities: Community Involvement Projects and the SNA

    Tomoko Shibata and Yoko Katagiri


    Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku is Professor in the School of Global Policy & Strategy at University of California San Diego, USA.

    Fumiko Nazikian is Senior Lecturer in Japanese at Columbia University, USA.

    Jisuk Park is Assistant Professor of Japanese language at University of Toronto, Canada.