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‘Real World’ Japanese

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Recommended because this site presents various types of conversations in various situations that visitors in Japan may encounter. Topics and materials included in this site are general Japanese conversations, business Japanese conversations, and kids Japanese conversations. In addition, the conversations are separated into three levels: beginners, intermediates, and advanced. Start by ‘General’ since it includes Japanese conversations in general situations from eating a meal to asking about a specific bus stop. Be aware of the fact that you need Flash Player to play the conversations.

A Homestay in Japan (1992)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is for intermediate reader for high school students. In 20 chapters, relates the experiences of an American high school student who spends a year living with a Japanese family. Authentic language depicts everyday situations realted to home and family, school, shopping, social situations, and special occasions such as the New year. Each chapter combines both narrative and conversational styles. Rich in cultural detail. Contains vocabulary lists, comprehension exercises, culture notes, and activity and resource guides for teachers. 400 kanji. Highly recommended. This review was originally written by the Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Citation: Allen, Carol., & Watanabe, Natsumi. Stone Bridge Press Paper, $16.95, hardcover $27.95

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Analyzing Japanese Imperialism

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this lesson plan includes various activities and handouts that teachers can use to teach Japanese imperialism. Start by the first two pages of this pdf file since they discuss how teachers can teach through various activities or what they need. Be aware of the fact that this lesson plan was designed by a high school teacher.

Asahi Shinbun Newspaper (Michigan)

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Recommended because this site offers up-to-date information about Japan and Japanese culture. This site would be good for junior and high school students. The topics and materials included in this site are newspaper articles about national, politics, international, business, sports, culture, opinion, editorial, and Vox Populi, Vox Dei (Tensei Jingo). Start by “Vox Populi, Vox Dei (Tensei Jingo)”. This section provides daily columns translated in English, which are popular for Japanese people. Be aware of the translated column, which is usually posted in this site two days after the original column in Japanese. This resource was originally recommended by the Centers for Chinese, Japanese, & Korean Studies at University of Michigan.

Asia Video Reports – Japan (2000)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this video report was designed by this module having students analyze Japanese culture by looking at Japanese food, housing, arts, and festivals. Grades: Slavic and Eastern Europe-12. Module themes include: tradition and change, daily life as a reflection of cultural values, and transmission of culture from generation to generation. Report includes a 1Slavic and Eastern Europe-minute videotape of four-to-five short video segments on a topic, plus an accompanying teacher’s guide with readings, lesson plans, classroom activities, and Internet resources. Videos include:
Asia Video Reports Food
Asia Video Reports Housing
Asia Video Reports Arts and Crafts
Asia Video Reports Festivals
Reviewed by Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Changing Lifestyles (2003) Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) $129.95 per video

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Recommended because from busy, overcrowded cities to the bucolic remoteness of the countryside, the lives of average Japanese people vary greatly. Japan 2000 concludes with a look at these different lifestyles. A typical, expensive high-rise apartment is compared with projects designed to provide cheaper housing and relieve city overcrowding. A young family on a remote island discusses the advantages and disadvantages of their chosen lifestyle. A young woman compares her lifestyle with that of her more traditional parents. 2003; English. Color. This review was originally written by Asian Educational Media Service.

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Contemporary Japan: Culture and Society

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site presents the video segments of American scholars describing the character of both urban and rural life in Japan. Topics and materials included in this site are video segments to talk about urban & rural life in Japan, the Japanese family, education & work in Japan, Japanese society, Japanese pop culture, and Japanese religions. Start by watching “Tokyo” and “Rural Life” to see how two professors at Harvard University describe these two regions. Be aware of the fact that description of all the video segments is made from the American point of view. Also, “Related Links/Images” provides a list of links to present cultural information or images about Japanese culture and people. This resource was originally recommended by the East Asian Institute at Columbia University.

Cool Girls

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Recommended because this site attempts to present current trends of fashion or daily lifestyles of Japanese women. This site would be good for high school students to learn about what fashion are trends in Japan. Topics and materials included in this site are information about fashion, shops, and fortune telling. Start byGirls Room” since it provides Japanese girls’ profiles including their favorites, hobbies, and jobs. Be aware of the fact that this site focuses on particular girls rather than every girl in Japan. This resource was originally recommended by the Institute of East Asian Studies at University of California Berkeley.

Cyberschoolbus

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Recommended because Cyberschoolbus is a United Nations global education project.  It provides a wealth of information for educators on the world and its issues. There is a link for purchasing publications in many languages, but also free curriculum resources for educators K-12.  Start with the curriculum links to locate free resources for each global education curriculum topic.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.


Deai Website

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Recommended because it provides photos and information on daily life of seven actual Japanese high school students. This site would be good for high school students to learn about Japanese high school students, their daily lives, and school events. Topics and materials included in this site are photos, stories, and message video (Real Player required) of the seven Japanese high school students and support information for Japanese language teachers. Start byPhotos, My Story & Message Video” of “Deai Website”. This unit provides photos, profiles, daily lives, and stories of seven Japanese high school students. Be aware of the fact that ‘Teacher Support Information provides lesson plans, activities, or resources for Japanese language teachers. This resource was originally recommended by East Asian Studies Center Indiana University.

Diversity Simulation Games: Exploring and Celebrating Differences. (1995).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it contains five simulation games that focus on cross-cultural encounters, communication, and interaction. The handbook provides detailed instructions on preparing, debriefing, and facilitating the five simulation games and adapting the games for various cross-cultural audiences and learning situations. The handbook is recommended for adults and adult learning/work settings, however the simulations can be adapted to P-12 students.

Citation: Thiagarajan, Sivasailam. Amherst, MA: Human Resource Development (HRD) Press. http://www.hrdpress.com

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ECIS Internet Radio Broadcast

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site offers broadcasting news about current events in Japan and Japanese culture. Topics and materials included in this site are 46 weeks news about the events or culture for intermediate, advanced, and superior learners of Japanese language. Start by “Week 1″ since this site puts news in a chronological order. Be aware of the fact that you can read texts while listening to the news.

Environmental Education for the 21st Century: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. (1997).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides multiple (international and interdisciplinary) perspectives on environmental education that explore the state of environmental curriculum in the humanities, the social sciences, teacher education, family & consumer sciences, business, and journalism. The book is divided into four parts which explore (1) a global perspective, (2) eco-politics and environmental ethics, (3) nature and culture: gender and environment, and (4) strategies in environmental education.

Citation: Thompson, Patricia J. New York: Peter Lang.

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ePals: Classroom Exchange

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because ePals allows students K-12 to connect with peers around the world through a global social learning network.  Educators looking to collaborate internationally on projects for their classrooms can find specific information links from the homepage- geographically or topically.  Be aware that registration is required, but access is free.  This website also provides a safe, secure learning environment for students.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Favorite! United for a Multicultural Japan

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Recommended because this organization is committed to uniting to promote and defend the rights of foreign nationals in Japan. This site would be good for junior high or high school students to learn about foreign nationals in Japan. Start by “Best Articles” in “UMJ Newsletter” since it provides selected articles of the UMJ newsletter about various aspects of foreign nationals in Japan. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/27/02.

Global Voices

Posted by: globaledadmin on Saturday, February 4, 2012

Recommended because Global Voices is an online community of bloggers around the world who are not part of the international mainstream media.  Representing “average” citizens around the world, Global Voices allows perspectives to be shared, encourages freedom of expression, and advocates for the protection of free speech rights. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Japan Maps: Perry-Casta

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site offers various types of maps of Japan. Topics and materials included in this site are country maps, regional maps, city maps, historical maps, and thematic maps. Start by thematic maps since there are maps of Japan based on four themse: (1)industry and power, (2)land utilization, (3)minerals, and (4)population. Be aware of the fact that this site also provides maps in different regions and of the world.

Japan Times Online (Texas)

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Recommended because of its up-to-date information about Japan and life in Japan. Topics and materials included in this site are general news, business, opinion, arts & culture, life in Japan, sports, festivals, and cartoon. Start by “Life in Japan” as it presents current trends or lives of Japanese people. Be aware of the fact that this site provides “Weekly Roundup” offering a list of key words for weekly news in Japan.

Japanese for Busy People : the Video III [videorecording] (1999) Association for Japanese-Language Teaching

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because Japanese for Busy people III: The Video features nineteen entertaining episodes that provide a wealth of vivid images about life in Japan. Adapatable to any teaching situation, it can be used independently– both for self-study and in the classroom– in tandem with the Japanese for Busy People course, or with any other text-based course, creating a positive learning atmosphere in any classroom. The review was originally written by the Ohio State University OSCAR.

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Japanese for you : the art of communication: Eibun jitsuyo nihongo.

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Recommended because this book is an intermediate level conversational Japanese textbook for those who have studied basic grammar. Topics and materials included in this book are 12 chapters each of which consists of dialogs, grammar notes, drills, and vocabulary list. Start by the first chapter since it deals with conversations with easy grammars and words and includes some grammatical items that students can review. Be aware of the fact that a set of cassette tapes (sold separately for 6300 Yen) accompanies this book and contain dialogs and selected drills.

Citation: Ohsho, Mieko. & Koyama, Yoko. (Eds.). (2001). Tokyo: Taishukan Publishing Co., Ltd. 2310 Yen.

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Japanese Language Education System for Speech on an On-demand Network

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this offers dictation quiz for Japanese learners. The best thing is that the learners can set up the type of dictation, level, and the type of display of the language. This site could be used as hearing practice or term exam. Start by any level that seems to be appropriate for your students. Be aware of the fact that this site provides a list of useful websites for Japanese learning in ‘Links.’
This resource was originally recommended by East Asian Studies Center at the Ohio State University.

Japanese-Online

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Recommended because this provides 16 lessons to learn Japanese. Topics and materials included in this site are serialized lessons showing everyday experiences of a high school senior, Jason Miller, and his parents from Seattle, Washington in Japan. Start by any lesson which looks appropriate for your students. Be aware of the fact that some parts of this site require Japanese display capability (explained in this site) in your computer since lessons over level 6 are displayed in Japanese Kana.

Learn Japanese

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Recommended because this site attempts to develop learners’ conversation skills or grammatical knowledge by introducing various topics such as Japanese lifestyle and culture. Topics and materials included in this site are 24 conversation topics including conversation dialogues, grammars, and dictation quizzes. Start by any conversation topic interesting to your students. Be aware of the fact that each topic is available in Word and pdf files and each activity in the topics is leveled by its difficulty (one star easy through three stars difficult). Also, this site provides Exercises for Basic Japanese Grammar.

Live Radio En Direct Tuner Tuner Virtuel

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Recommended because this site includes information about radio programs broadcasted in Japan. Start by some of the radio programs (e.g., Beach FM Tokyo Japan, FM 76.3 Japan, and FM YY Tokyo Japan) since they can be listened online. Be aware of the fact that you need to have audio tools such as RealOne Player. Also, since they are live broadcasting, you need to consider the time to listen to. Most of them are not broadcasted in the early morning in Japan.

Nihon o shiro : Nihon no kindaika ni kakawatta hitobito : people who played important roles in Japan’s modernization.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this book attempts to teach Japanese history, especially people played important roles to modernize Japan through their biographies in Japanese. This book is designed for intermediate or advanced Japanese language learners. Topics and materials included in this site are 20 peoples biographies each of which consists of (1) brief biography of each person and (2) articles or short novels about the person. Start by chapter six Fukuzawa Yukichi one of the most famous enlightenment thinkers in Japan and a figure printed on a 10,000 yen bill. Be aware of the fact that each brief biography is followed by some questions to check readers understanding.

Citation: Miura Akira, Watto Ito Yasuko. (2001). Tokyo: ALC. $37.70.

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Ryugakusei no Jyunikagetsu (1993)

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Recommended because a textbook designed for high school exchange students who arrive in Japan in March and stay until February. Lesson topics are selected from everyday high school life, including cultural festivals, sports, food, earthquakes, recycling, gift giving, etc. It begins with greetings and progresses rapidly. The many illustrations, graphs, dialogs, exercises and tasks are very useful. For beginning and intermediate level students. This review was originally written by the Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Citation: Murano, M. Tanimichi., & Murano, S. Bonjinsha Softcover text, 114pp, 2,300yen; cassette tape, 2,800yen

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Snapshots from Japan: The Lives of Seven Japanese High School Students

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Recommended because these are curriculum materials built upon The Japan Forum’s instructional kit entitled Deai: The Lives of Seven Japanese High School Students, which uses firsthand photo essays to introduce the lives of seven diverse Japanese students. They are developed primarily for use in middle and junior high school social studies classes. The new lesson plans aim to develop a range of data analysis, thinking, and geographic skills and to enhance students’ understanding of Japan by placing the lives of the Japanese students in the larger context of contemporary Japanese society and culture. Be aware of the fact that these teaching materials can be downloaded from: here .

Citation: Mary Hammond Bernson, Kathleen Woods Masalski, Lynn S. Parisi, and Linda S. Wojtan The Center for Global Partnership (CGP)

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Stockton’s Japan Links (Ohio)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides a list of links on various topics about Japan. Topics and materials included in this site are a list of links on topics about Japan including government, business, news, traditional arts, language & ed., travel & regional, miscellaneous, major links, and live views. Start by “Live View” since it provides a list of links offering live camera views of various places in Japan, so the live camera views will help elementary school students to see real Japan. This resource was originally recommended by East Asian Studies Center at the Ohio State University.

The Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ) (Indiana)

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Recommended because ATJ is an international, non-profit, non-political organization of scholars, teachers, and students of Japanese language, literature, and linguistics, which works to promote academic work in the field and to broaden and deepen knowledge and appreciation of Japan and its culture. Reviewed by Education About Asia.

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because the Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides materials on teaching about Japan for grades K-5 and teaching Japanese language.

Citation: The Japan Foundation Los Angeles & Language Center

Website: http://www.jflalc.org/?act=tpt&id=383

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The Legend of the Persian Carpet

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Recommended because of its Iranian folktale. This is a retelling of an Iranian folktale about a Persian king whose prized possession — a diamond — is stolen, and the young boy who thinks of a way to return its light to the palace. Recommended for elementary students. Available for loan through the University of Texas. (See Overview-Centers for more information.) Be aware of the fact that you will need to follow the Outreach link to the Print Materials link to access information. Reviewed by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, 4/29/02.

Citation: Tomie DePaola. 32 pages.

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The Way We Are: Photo Essays of High School Students in Japan

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site presents the prizewinning works of the annual “Lives of Japanese High School Students: Photo and Message Contest.” Topics and materials included in this site are photos and brief messages about 10 high school students in Japan. Start by any high school student that you or your students are interested in. Be aware of the fact that this site is a part of the Japan Forum.

Tokyo National Museum

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Recommended because the site presents some of the Japanese artistic works at Tokyo National Museum. Topics and materials included in this site are photos and descriptions of works of art in Asia that Tokyo National Museum exhibit. Start byTNM Collection” since it provides collections of work categorized by the type, by region, and currently displayed at Tokyo National Museum. Be aware of the fact that this website is also available in Japanese. This resource was originally recommended by the East Asia Program at Cornell University.

U.S. Immigration Policy in an Unsettled World.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because since the first European settlers set foot in North America, immigration has suffused the American experience. Indeed, many of the values that unite Americans as a nation are tied to immigration. Immigration has not only framed our vision of the U.S. role in the world, but has seeped into our view of human nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson, for example, saw in immigration a phenomenon that “will construct a new race, a new religion, a new state, a new literature” in the United States. The idealism surrounding immigration explains in large part the deep feelings it engenders in the public policy arena. Today, immigrants are drawn to a life in the United States in record numbers. The United States continues to lure many with the promise of a better future. And yet, as the number of immigrants coming into the United States has increased, so has the scope of the immigration debate. Concerns about the economic security of American workers fuels the debate, just as it has throughout our history. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have also added another dimension to the questions surrounding immigration. U.S. Immigration Policy in an Unsettled World seeks to engage students in the leading issues driving the current immigration debate. This is designed for secondary students, and includes a 5 day lesson plan and a teachers resource book for grades 11-12. Reviewed by The Choice Program.

Citation: The Choice Program. Teacher Set, $15, Student Texts (15 or more texts with Teacher’s Guide), $7 a copy, Downloadable Teacher Set, $12.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this museum, located in Washington, DC, provides comprehensive history, database, photos, stories, and maps about Nazi holocaust. Topics and materials included in this site are resources for teachers (on-line workshop, exemplary lessons, and resource book) and students (on-line activities, encyclopedia, and learning site) discussing holocaust. In addition to Jewish, this site also covers holocaust history of other groups such as Roma (Gypsies), the handicapped, Slavic people (Poles, Russians, and others), Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s witnesses, and homosexuals. Be aware of the useful information that through learning center, other issues related to holocaust such as refugees, Nazi camps, forced labors, Mosaic victims, Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units), rescue, and war crime trials, etc. are also included. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

UVa Library Etext Center: Japanese Text Initiative

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Recommended because this site intends to put online on the Web texts of classical Japanese literature in Japanese characters. Topics and materials included in this site are numerous classical Japanese stories categorized by titles, authors, and in a chronological order. This would be for advanced Japanese language learners to read classical Japanese literature. Start by having your students choose which story they want to read. Be aware of the fact that each text can be displayed horizontally and vertically.

World Friend Network Japan

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Recommended because this site provides numerous opportunities to find conversation partners in Japanese through media. Topics and materials included in this site are discussion forums in both English and Japanese, partner seeking, and relevant links. Start by ‘Japanese BBS’ as it provides discussion forums in Japanese about culture shock, funny expression, missing thing, and chat. Be aware of the fact that Partner Seeking offers entry forms to find Japanese penpals or language partners.