Japanese Daisuki
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Philosophy

I love Japanese, so I want to get students excited about Japanese too.  While I would be thrilled if every student pursued a career related to Japanese after taking my class, I recognize that this will not always be the case.  My first priority is to make sure that every student takes away valuable lessons as a result of their study.  I want them to be enthusiastic about language learning, able to cooperate with others, and prepared to enter an increasingly global society.

The study of language and culture go hand in hand.  It is through learning about culture that students become motivated to learn a new language.  Therefore I strive to make culture not just another topic to be studied, but the context in which daily language learning takes place.  If the students show a special interest in a certain topic, I encourage them to explore it or even incorporate it into my plans.  I also encourage students to make real connections with Japanese culture through participating in local cultural events, conversing with Japanese speakers, and writing to students in Japan.

 I believe in supporting learning through a classroom environment that is comfortable and welcoming to all students.  Language learning can be a stressful experience for some students, so I strive to encourage students by helping them to recognize their strengths and building a supportive community of learners through positive group interaction.  I believe in trying to reach all students by tapping into their interests, trying to understand their diverse backgrounds, and appealing to different learning styles and intelligences.

I want students to come away from my classroom with more than an understanding of and passion for Japanese.  I want them to acquire skills that will help them wherever the future might take them.  The Japanese culture is, in many ways, the opposite of American culture.  By learning to understand and respect such a different way of thinking, students are acquiring patience, open-mindedness, and tolerance.  Language learning will also teach the students problem-solving strategies that can be applied to many situations.  Finally, meaningful group activities will teach them how to cooperate with others.  The skills they learn will serve them well in their relationships for the rest of their lives, especially when encountering people of other cultures.

One of my students wanted to make ohagi (a traditional japanese sweet) for his cultural presentation.
One of my students made ohagi (a traditional japanese sweet) for his cultural presentation. Some Japanese volunteers came to watch the cultural presentations.

 

     
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