Title

Spanish Education Targeting Japanese Speakers

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Jasmine MartinFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Japanese and Spanish Education

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Yoko Hatakeyama

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

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Spanish Education Targeting Japanese Speakers

Regarding the teaching of the Spanish language to speakers of Japanese, this paper will construct a simple pedagogy of Spanish grammar specifically for the context of a Spanish classroom in Japan. Identifying problems specific to native speakers of Japanese in regards to the understanding and application of Spanish grammar, this paper will discuss the different methods of teaching grammar under the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) approach and decide which ones would be most effective in the Spanish classroom in Japan. Articles and papers written by Spanish educators in Japan on the topic of problems encountered by native speakers of Japanese regarding Spanish grammar will be discussed and a consistent method for helping students to overcome those problems will be given, as well as the rationale for said method. Since English is a mandatory subject for Japanese students beginning from middle school, the question of whether or not English would be effective as a tool for bridging the difference between Japanese and Spanish grammar will also be discussed. In the end, Spanish grammar is quite difficult for native speakers of Japanese, and in order for students to retain and understand the grammar it is best that they are taught first using the implicit method of learning grammar rather than the explicit method, as well as with occasional references to the already learned English grammar whenever applicable.

Key words: Native speakers of Japanese, Spanish education, pedagogy, grammar, Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), Implicit method, Explicit method

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Spanish Education Targeting Japanese Speakers

Spanish Education Targeting Japanese Speakers

Regarding the teaching of the Spanish language to speakers of Japanese, this paper will construct a simple pedagogy of Spanish grammar specifically for the context of a Spanish classroom in Japan. Identifying problems specific to native speakers of Japanese in regards to the understanding and application of Spanish grammar, this paper will discuss the different methods of teaching grammar under the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) approach and decide which ones would be most effective in the Spanish classroom in Japan. Articles and papers written by Spanish educators in Japan on the topic of problems encountered by native speakers of Japanese regarding Spanish grammar will be discussed and a consistent method for helping students to overcome those problems will be given, as well as the rationale for said method. Since English is a mandatory subject for Japanese students beginning from middle school, the question of whether or not English would be effective as a tool for bridging the difference between Japanese and Spanish grammar will also be discussed. In the end, Spanish grammar is quite difficult for native speakers of Japanese, and in order for students to retain and understand the grammar it is best that they are taught first using the implicit method of learning grammar rather than the explicit method, as well as with occasional references to the already learned English grammar whenever applicable.

Key words: Native speakers of Japanese, Spanish education, pedagogy, grammar, Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), Implicit method, Explicit method