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.
Table of Contents
1 Social Networking Approach: Language Education for Global Citizenship
2 Widening a Global View Through Connecting With Multicultural Speakers
3 Imagining an Alternative: "What if?" Project – Novice to Intermediate level
4 Who Are We? Rediscovering and Reconstructing Our Identities Through Personal Storytelling, Using the SNA Approach
5 Developing JFL Learners’ Reading and Writing Skills with the SNA
6 "Ikumen" Project in the San Diego Japanese Community
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.