Acts of Reading: Exploring Connections in Pedagogy of Japanese

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University of Hawaii Press, 2003 - Foreign Language Study - 326 pages
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Students who have completed a year of German read Brecht in their second year, those of Spanish read Cervantes. Teachers of first- and second-year Japanese can often find nothing comparable. Why aren't your students reading literature? they are asked. Why not Soseki? Or Murakami? What are instructors of Japanese doing wrong? Nothing, according to the authors of this volume. Rather, they argue, such questions exemplify the gross misunderstandings and unreasonable expectations of teaching reading in Japanese. In Acts of Reading, the authors set out to explore what reading is for Japanese as a language, and how instructors should teach it to students of Japanese. They seek answers to two questions: What are the aspects of reading in Japan as manifested in Japanese society? What L2 (second-language) reading problems are specific to Japanese? In answering the first and related questions, the authors conclude that reading is a socially motivated, purposeful act that is savored and becomes a part of people's lives. Reading instruction in Japanese, therefore, should include teaching students how to work with text as the Japanese do in Japanese society. The second question relates more
 

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Contents

Learning to Read as a Native Speaker
9
Reading as a Social Activity
24
Taking It from the Top The Growth and Care of Genres
38
THEORETICAL ORIENTATION
61
The Foreign Language Learner
63
Toward a Theoretical Understanding of Reading
87
The View from Cognitive Neuroscience
115
IMPLEMENTATION
143
Implementation of Reading in the Classroom
174
Evaluation in Reading
197
Selection and Development of Learning Materials
223
Adopting High Technology in Developing Teaching Materials
245
Notes
273
References
289
List of Contributors
313
Indexes
315

Designing a Reading Program
145

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