Japanese Pedagogy Workshop: Why and How to Incorporate Popular Culture into Japanese Language Classes
Japanese Pedagogy Workshop: "Due to COVID-19, Indiana University's president has ordered all IU-sponsored in-person programming through July 31st be cancelled or postponed. As the Japanese Pedagogy Workshop is a biannual event, the 2020 Japanese Pedagogy Workshop (April 25th) will be postponed to Spring 2021 (date TBA)."
Date: April 25th, 2020
Location: IUPUI Campus Center CE 305
Registration Deadline: March 25, 2020
Application Fee: $30
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Description: It is commonly believed that in recent years, the majority of Japanese language learners have developed a strong interest in modern Japanese popular culture. Most Japanese language educators agree that deliberate incorporation of such an admired topic into their Japanese classes helps interest and motivate students to be successful. If properly implemented, popular culture can be integrated into course curricula at multiple levels in a program.
This workshop will discuss benefits, issues, and strategies for incorporating popular culture as the primary topic of Japanese language courses. The goal is to share practical methods and materials with program coordinators and course instructors interested in using popular culture in their programs and classes. In the morning session, the presenter will cover the theoretical framework and teaching methodologies for incorporating various forms of popular culture. The afternoon session will be a hands-on workshop in which participants will develop their own materials and activities that can be utilized in their classes.
Keynote Speaker: Yoshiro Hanai
Yoshiro Hanai is an associate professor of Japanese and Coordinator of the Japanese Program in the Global Languages and Cultures Department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He received his Ph.D. in Japanese Linguistics/Japanese Pedagogy in 2008 from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan, and has taught Japanese language and culture in the U.S. since 2003. His research interests include curriculum and material development, content-enhanced language instruction, and application of technology. Dr. Hanai is the author of ポップカルチャー New & Old and a co-author of 上級へのとびら and its supplementary textbooks. He is currently working on co-authoring a new elementary Japanese textbook, Elementary Japanese Quick & Simple.