Effecting Change in Teaching and Learning in the Language Classroom: Meeting the Needs of Graduates in the Globalised World

By Helen Muir and Kayo Nakazawa.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Imperatives in tertiary education to prepare our graduates for the rapidly changing needs of the Globalised world and internationalised workplace has lead to changes in the demands on academic programs. The language disciplines have much to offer this renewed model of tertiary education. This paper will examine how the adaptation of contemporary learning/teaching practices and the support of ICT into a redesigned language curriculum are helping to improve overall outcomes for students. The paper focuses on the integration of practices of co-operative group work, authentic communication, autonomous learning, peer and self evaluation. ICT support is embedded throughout the learning process in accordance with the learning and assessment needs. The normalisation of the place of reliable ICT within the curriculum is a part of this teaching approach. In addition to language skills students achieve outcomes in generic skills such as improved communication, research skills and greater awareness of issues relating to ICT. Even more importantly this approach allows the development of students’ intercultural understanding to take a more central role in the teaching and learning process in the language classroom. The paper will include discussion of a trial conducted across beginner and intermediate levels of a tertiary education Japanese Studies program.

Keywords: Japanese Language Teaching, Intercultural Understanding, ICT Facilitated Learning, Group Work, Generic Capabilities

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 8, pp.83-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 549.300KB).

Helen Muir

Associate Lecturer, Humanities, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

My research interests involve work with ICT supported teaching and learning in languages and issues of teaching and learning in Japanese language. This research covers the areas of teaching of intercultural understanding and generic skills in the higher education context. I have co-authored CD-ROM initiates including the later volumes of the Kantaro kanji teaching series and the Gengoro CD ROM for the teaching of introductory level Japanese. My most recent project was the “Whole Curriculum Approach to ICT Supported Teaching and Learning” trial conducted in Japanese Studies at Macquarie University in 2005 and 2006. I am currently involved with research into assessment issues.

Kayo Nakazawa

Associate Lecturer, Humanities, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

My major research interests are second language acquisition, computer assisted language learning, Japanese as foreign language acquisition, autonomous learning, task based teaching and kanji acquisition. I have been involved development and implementation of Kantaro (CD-Rom for Kanji learning), Gengoro (CD-Rom for beginner level Japanese language), and WebCT content. I did investigation and study mainly in five areas; mechanism in second language learning, task study in second language learning, kanji acquisition in Japanese, use of technology to facilitate kanji learning, use of technology to improve distance education. In 2005 & 2006, I was involved the project, “Whole Curriculum Approach to ICT Supported Teaching and Learning” trial conducted in Japanese Studies at Macquarie University.

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