October 05, 2021
Seven students from the School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences participated in the Japanese Language Education Practicum as part of the Japanese Language Teacher Training Program*1 and *2. In the second and third years of the program, students learn the basics of Japanese language education and develop their teaching skills through mock classes. Then, to learn educational methods practically, the students prepare for the practical training classes and go on to the final stage of teaching practice.
This year, due to the effects of the new coronavirus, we decided to conduct the course online*3. However, we invited students from overseas partner schools who had experience studying Japanese to participate, and 19 students from five countries and regions (Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brunei, and the Philippines) participated.
The teaching practice was based on three guiding principles decided by the trainees: "Knowing the Japanese language and Japan," "Using the Japanese language," and "Connecting through the Japanese language." The trainees were given many opportunities to introduce materials for using the Japanese language (e.g., sightseeing spots, culture, and specialties of Japan or the learner's country/region) in Japanese, express their own opinions, and think critically. In the video, you can see the teaching practice.
In the video, you can see the students' final presentation as a summary of the teaching practice and the final day of the practice.
*1 A Japanese language teacher is a teacher who teaches Japanese to non-native speakers of Japanese.
*2 Since there is no legal requirement for Japanese language teachers to be licensed, the department will certify students who have earned the required number of credits as "Basic Japanese Language Teachers" and issue a certificate for the Japanese Language Teacher Training Program upon graduation.
*3 According to the guidelines of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, online educational training is not allowed in principle, but last year and this year, due to the impact of the new coronavirus, it was allowed as an exception.