Dear fellow language professionals and techies,
SenseiOnline presents 40th Benkyoukai (Study Forum)
Masako O. Douglas "Learning and teaching kanji: For students from an
January 14-15th, 2004
January 14th (Wednesday), 2004 at 3pm PST
January 14th (Wednesday) 1pm Hawaii, 5pm CST, 6pm EST, 11pm London/GMT,
January 15th (Thursday) 8am Japan, 10am Sydney, noon New Zealand, if
this calculation is correct. To be sure, please go to
For about 50 minutes
Whos is the invited speaker?
Masako O. Douglas
Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach. Her
research interests are acquisition of literacy in Japanese as a
foreign/heritage langauge, and heritage language education (young
learners and college students). She is a coordinator of Japanese
Heritage Language SIG. She developed a course for college students of
Japanese as a heritage language at California State University, Long
Beach and University of California, Los Angeles. She has been
developing a curriculum for young learners of Japanese as a heritage
language at Kodomo no Ie Japanese langauge school. Kanji is the one of
her primary areas of research as a part of literacy acquisition. She
wrote a book of kanji, "A Practical Guide to Learning Kanji: For
Learners from an Alphabetic Background" (McGraw-Hill).
Short description of the presentation
This paper has two folds. First, it discusses affective factors that
the learners from an alphabetic background commonly share and the
importance of keeping them well informed about kanji learning,
utilizing research findings in order to lower the affective filters.
Then it discusses about developmental differences in acquisition of
kanji from elementary to advanced levels, and kanji learning strategies
and instructional support for each level.
What is going to happen?
Douglas sensei's paper is at
So read the paper above and go to TAPPED IN with the new interface.
There, you will be able to discuss this topic with Douglas sensei and
others from around the world. TAPPED IN is open to everybody and the
presentation will be done in English.
TAPPED IN is letting us use their space. Please go to
for detailed Guest log in info. No sign up necessary. Please log in a
few minutes early to get used to the environment or do practice before
the actual session.
Can I use Japanese?
TAPPED IN can't yet show Japanese even if user computer is
If I can't attend? If I am too sleepy?
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I look forward to seeing you all!
Keiko Schneider (kschnei@...
Executive Board ATJ 2003-2006:
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