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How to make active interactions in Japanese as a second language.
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
2012 (English)In: International Conference of ICT for Language Learning / [ed] Pixel, , 2012, 211-214 p.Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper analyzes Japanese language classes at Dalarna University in Sweden that are held through a web conferencing system. It discusses how students’ learning and language acquisition can be supported by making better use of the available features of using a web conferencing system for language lessons. Of particular interest is the existence of an “information gap” among students, created because of the limits posed by distance communication. Students who take Japanese courses at Dalarna University usually access classes from their home, which are located all over Sweden or even abroad. This fact can be utilized in language classes because the “information gap” can lead to interactions that are essential for language learning. In order to make use of this natural “information gap” and turn it into an opportunity for communication, our classes used a teaching method called “personalization” [Kawaguchi, 2004].  “Personalization” aims to persuade students to express their own ideas, opinions, feelings and preferences. The present analysis suggests that “personalization” in web-based language classes is a surprisingly effective teaching method. By making students explain about things at home (why they have them, what they use them for, or why they are important), students become motivated to express themselves in Japanese. This makes communication meaningful and enhances students’ interest in improving their vocabulary. Furthermore, by knowing each other, it becomes easier to create a ”supportive classroom environment” [Nuibe, 2001] in which students feel able to express themselves. The analysis suggests that that web-based education can be seen not simply as a supplement to traditional face-to face classroom education, but as a unique and effective educational platform in itself.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages , 2012. 211-214 p.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Kultur, identitet och gestaltning
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-11786ISBN: 978-88-6292-309-5OAI: diva2:602243
5th Conference ICT for Language Learning 5th edition, Florence, Italy 15-16 November 2012
Available from: 2013-02-01 Created: 2013-01-31 Last updated: 2014-08-28Bibliographically approved

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