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Innovative Japanese Teaching Method Presented at TFLA

October 17, 2016

This year’s TFLA (Texas Foreign Language Conference) included UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Japanese instructors, Makiko Fukuda and Erina Romanowich.

The two presented a project titled, “The Effect of Reading While Listening (RWL) Approach on Reading Fluency of Elementary Japanese Students.” This quantitative approach consists of using an online book in a classroom setting to teach elementary level Japanese students enunciate the language better. The online book would use the recorded voices of the teachers, along with the lesson, in order to grasp a more clear understanding on the way different words are pronounced and read in their respective contexts.

As Romanowich states, “Students in Texas have limited opportunities to listen to native Japanese speakers outside of the classroom, which is why this system aims to perfect speech and reading without the physical interaction.”

The online book is currently being developed for elementary level classes and if effective, could be utilized in other language courses as well as other levels and various age groups as young as elementary aged children.

Fukuda was awarded the 2016 Sawtelle Financial Teaching Innovation grant last year.

The ultimate goal is to improve reading fluency and help students learn the Japanese language by connecting to different Japanese characters.

The presentation was October 15, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

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By Andrea Avalos

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