Sessions / Japanese as a Second Language

Accessing Local Communities, Services & Information #1376


Sat, May 15, 13:30-13:55 JST | Zoom 10

In 2018, Japan had its largest foreign resident population increase ever after 7 years of continuous increasing numbers (Ministry of Justice Immigration Bureau, March 2019). With the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the need for fast, accurate information for daily life became more transparent. This also greatly influences foreign resident language teachers in Japan. An online survey via snowball sampling was conducted from September 2020 through SNS and acquaintances who were mainly English teachers in Japan to participate in and reach out to others to request them to fill out the survey since of all foreign residents those with English ability would mostly likely have the greatest support and access to services available. 39 (mainly language teachers) responded. Survey questions were based on: (1) What kind of and where can public information be easily accessed? (2) Where do respondents want to find this information? (3) How easily can they join Japanese language classes and how was the quality? Respondents indicated that the most useful information they gained was through people they trusted to know about Japan (24), expat websites (17), and SNS (13) while they preferred that it be made available on local municipality websites (26).

オンライン日本語コースと地域コミュニティをつなぐ丹波篠山プロジェクト #1366


Sat, May 15, 16:00-16:45 JST | Zoom 11

本発表は、春学期に北米の大学のオンライン日本語コースで行った地域交流と理解をテーマにしたPBLの実践報告をする。コースがオンラインになった状況を活かし、兵庫県丹波篠山地域とコース受講者がつながることを目的にしたPBLをデザインした。具体的には、地域理解のテーマに沿って、受講者は地域の人々のレクチャーを受け、地域について各自が興味を持ったことを調べる。そして、調べたことを地域の人に向けて発表して交流を行う。このPBLの成果としてどのように受講者が発表を通じて地域へ貢献しつながることができたのかを検証し、今後の課題と改善案を提示する。