Title

Enhancing Aural-Oral Skills through authentic videos for Beginning and Intermediate Japanese

Submission Type

Poster

Abstract

One of the goals of our project is to increase classroom productivity through the implementation of technology. The Beginning and Intermediate Japanese courses at Wellesley College originally met four 70-minute class periods and one 30-minute small group session per week for 1.25 credits. We replaced group sessions with more targeted on-line exercises as we did not find the small group sessions to be effective for our students. The first and second-year Japanese textbooks and workbooks in the series entitled “Genki” are well-established and widely used all over the United States; however we had desired to create more authentic videos for the listening exercises for our students.

We video-taped different scenes in Japan, such as conversations that would take place at a bank, post office, train station, department store, etc. and created on-line listening comprehension exercises accompanying the videos for our students. Furthermore, we had set up an on-line site for students to put up their versions of the skits, which we would then review for the purpose of improving students’ oral skills. This two part-project enhances Aural-Oral Skills in the Beginning and Intermediate levels of Japanese.

Session

Poster

Location

Thomas Great Hall

Start Date

5-17-2017 5:45 PM

End Date

5-17-2017 7:30 PM

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Enhancing Aural-Oral Skills through authentic videos for Beginning and Intermediate Japanese

Thomas Great Hall

One of the goals of our project is to increase classroom productivity through the implementation of technology. The Beginning and Intermediate Japanese courses at Wellesley College originally met four 70-minute class periods and one 30-minute small group session per week for 1.25 credits. We replaced group sessions with more targeted on-line exercises as we did not find the small group sessions to be effective for our students. The first and second-year Japanese textbooks and workbooks in the series entitled “Genki” are well-established and widely used all over the United States; however we had desired to create more authentic videos for the listening exercises for our students.

We video-taped different scenes in Japan, such as conversations that would take place at a bank, post office, train station, department store, etc. and created on-line listening comprehension exercises accompanying the videos for our students. Furthermore, we had set up an on-line site for students to put up their versions of the skits, which we would then review for the purpose of improving students’ oral skills. This two part-project enhances Aural-Oral Skills in the Beginning and Intermediate levels of Japanese.