Basic knowledge about teaching Japanese-language and specific lesson ideas are available. There are two websites: 'Ideas for Japanese-Language Classrooms' , and 'The First Step for Teaching Japanese'. In addition, as examples of lesson plans of task-based style lessons, JFS Lesson Plans are provided.

Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin 'Ideas for Japanese-Language Classrooms'

These are ideas and hints for teaching that can be applied straight away in the Japanese language classroom. There are ideas for lessons with a variety of content, such as lessons using anime, manga and songs; ideas for cultural exchange, discussion and interview lesson procedures; ideas for lessons on how to make original books and fans; and so on. There are also ways for Japanese teachers to gather information. Please put this website to use, for example, when you want to do a slightly different lesson to usual, or when you want to widen your range as a Japanese teacher. Introduced in each article is a concrete lesson procedure and tips, together with 'objectives', 'target students' and 'class size'.

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Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin ‘The First Step for Teaching Japanese’

Full-time teachers from The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa explain in easy-to-understand terms basic theories and knowledge related to Japanese-language teaching. A variety of aspects are covered, including teaching in general, such as ‘course design’, ‘materials development’, ‘assessment’, and so on; teaching of each skill, such as ‘reading comprehension’, ‘conversation’, ‘ listening comprehension’, and so on; teaching of each language item, such as ‘grammar’, ‘characters and vocabulary’, and so on; teaching of each level, such as ‘elementary’, ‘intermediate’, ‘advanced’, and so on; as well as‘teaching Japanese current affairs and Japanese culture’, ‘using realia and authentic materials’, ‘teacher development’, and so on. It is useful for strengthening your foundational knowledge related to Japanese language teaching and reexamining what you know. This section was written based on ‘the JF Nihongo Kyojuho (Japanese language education teaching) Series’ (Hitsuji shobo).

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JFS Lesson Plans

‘JFS Lesson Plans’ are examples of task-based style lesson based on the JF Standard. Task-based style lessons are lessons whose objective is to use Japanese in the real world and acquire to do something ability. Samples of the four levels, A1, A2, B1 and B2 are introduced here. Please make use of them as samples when you design original task-based style lessons for each situation that fit your learners.

Important points when using these lesson plans

・Objectives are set as Can-dos (sentences beginning with ‘I can … ‘)   How to choose Can-dos

・Through listening to a contextualized conversation, important information and the flow of the conversation can be understood. Get learners to notice frequently used expressions and try them out

・Inc・Incorporates activities related to understanding sharing things you notice and experiences and comparing different cultures with your own culture, etc.

・Incorporate tasks (performance tasks) that are aimed at accomplishing the Can-do objectives

・Self-assessment, teacher assessment and peer assessment by learners based on the Can-dos takes place.

Planning/Editing UEHARA Yumiko, NAGASAKA Miaki, ITO Yukiko
Writer UEHARA Yumiko, YAMAMOTO Mika, SHINOZAKI Setsuko, OFUNE Chisato, OSHIO Kazumi, HABUKI Miyuki