Designing Online Language Courses: Lessons Learned from Teaching Vietnamese Language and Culture for Japanese Learners


This presentation shows the lessons learned after several courses on "Basic Vietnamese language and culture" targeting Japanese university students and adult learners, which have been conducted in 2020. Influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, the materials and methods prepared for conventional classroom have been adapted and modified in order to suit the online platform. Although intended for beginners, these courses have applied and integrated approach for teaching a language and its corresponding culture in line with principles of adult learning, active learning and problem-based learning. The lessons were designed using a wide range of techniques such as videos, pictures, funny stories, crosswords, open-ended question, quizzes using multiple choice answers followed by an analysis of each choice, online test. For each lesson, the learners were introduced to new vocabulary and basic expressions related to a socio-cultural theme such as history, national character, medical system, sightseeing, business etc. Looking from the perspective of both learners and teachers by evaluations and reflections, these courses have shown some positive experiences and suggested points for improvement of online language classroom in the future.

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Tran Hoang Nam, Tokushima University, Japan

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Conference: ACL2021
Stream: Language and Culture

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