Performing language in japanese language learning

Mio Bryce*, Hiroshi Suzuki, Tamami Mori, Hideki Sumiyoshi, Christie Barber

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This paper aims to explore the effectiveness and appropriate process of performing language in Japanese language learning. Japanese is a highly contextual language, and each real utterance is dictated by a particular context and emotion, deeply rooted in the specific culture and personality of the speaker. Learners are, therefore, required to develop holistic language competence, by acquiring grammar and vocabulary, and cultural sensitivity to and understanding of the complexity and fluidity of the context and emotion of texts, as well as develop the skills to use the language appropriately and promptly according to each situation. These tasks can be daunting, and some methods used to develop such skills and knowledge can be ineffective and superficial. This paper will hence explore, as a complementary way of learning, how to effectively learn discourses, not passively from textbooks, but more creatively and enjoyably by engaging with language through the body, senses and emotions. It will discuss our small experimental project using several manga and anime texts in performing language activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-94
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Learning
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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