An essential guide for teachers of Japanese in New Zealand
Compiled under the aegis of Japanese Studies Aotearoa New Zealand this collection invites us into the reality of Japanese language teaching in New Zealand’s universities and tertiary institutions today. Its three parts illustrate how Japanese programmes are reshaping and reconceptualising the traditional delivery of Japanese to encourage more students to take up, and continue studying, this complex but rewarding subject.
Savvy use of social media, institutional outreach, the construction of learning communities, the creation of authentic Japanese-language environments, project-based language learning and curriculum remodelling are some of the topics discussed. The volume also aims to motivate stakeholders with a vested interest in New Zealand’s relationship with Japan to consider how they, too, might play a role in promoting Japanese studies.
Dr Masayoshi Ogino has extensive experience in language teaching in both New Zealand and overseas at secondary and tertiary levels. He has an M.Phil in Japanese Language Education and PhD in Applied Linguistics.
Dr Penny Shino is the co-ordinator of the Japanese Programme at Massey University’s School of Humanities.
Dallas Nesbitt is a senior lecturer in Japanese at AUT University. Her research focuses on Kanji teaching and learning Japanese katakana script.