We will present lessons learned and techniques developed over a period of twelve years teaching Japanese to West Indian university students at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Over this period the Japanese programme has developed from a set of introductory courses to a full minor programme, and has incorporated many aspects of local culture.The programme encourages students to be aware of their own culture and to express it through the medium of written and spoken Japanese language. Connections are made with Jamaican patois, and local culture such as tradional folklore and superstitions: for example the Anansi Tales.In this way students are able to recast their own cultural experiences through the lens of Japanese language.This is both culturally and linguistically beneficial.
Tazuko Iijima-Kelly, The University of The West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
Stream: Innovative language teaching and learning methodologies
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