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Indiana University


CJK Pedagogy Workshops

How to Teach Writing in Japanese using the Genre Approach:
A Workshop for K-16 Teachers
April 27, 2013
IUPUI — Indianpolis

Registration deadline: April 16, 2013

Sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University
and the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese

One of the Three modes of Communication highlighted by the National Standards is the Presentational Mode.  Foreign language students utilize this mode of communication when they “present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.”  In the target language, however, the focus of instruction at the elementary and intermediate levels of  foreign language study is typically Listening and Speaking not Reading and Writing.  Do you use a specific teaching approach to teach writing in Japanese? Have you ever wondered if your students are gaining Japanese writing skills as they progress in their learning? To guide our discussion of how to teach writing and to lead us in hands-on session, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Kazumi Matsumoto of the Modern languages and Classics Department at Ball State University.

See the workshop schedule here.

The lecture and discussion on how to teach writing will address the following questions:

  • Why are writing skills particularly important now?
  • How should we teach writing skills in class?
  • What do we need to do to improve student’s writing skills?

In the hands-on session on the Genre Approach, we will explore:

  • The activities that comprise the Genre Approach.
  • Effective group collaboration writing exercises.
  • Practical lesson plans based on the Genre Approach.

Workshop organizing committee:
Keiko Kuriyama,Chair
Allen Kidd, Member