This project was created for
my students to be able to review Japanese literacy skills
at home using teacher-made activities. Most of their
parents do not speak or know any Japanese. My website
helps students review and reinforce Japanese skills,
and also allows their parents to learn the Japanese language
and culture. The students have a chance to share and
teach what they have learned via the Internet in the
classroom. We learn best when we teach others!
project addresses two foreign language national standards:
Students use the language both within and beyond the
school; Students show evidence of becoming life-long
learners by using the language for personal enjoyment
Conventional literacy skill tests
are still valid for use in this unit. You may conduct a
survey after students have been exposed to this website.
You can ask students how many times they access it in a
week, how they enjoy the Internet activities, whether or
not their skills have improved, and so on.
It is still fascinating to me
that students will practice and review Japanese literacy
skills at home using the Internet. Before, this was possible
only via boring worksheet homework. The students were
more motivated and confident, because they can share
and brag to their parents about what they are doing in
school. My website will be useful for any teacher of
Japanese language who wants his or her students to review
and practice literacy skills in a new and dynamic way.
We as teachers tend to give students worksheets
to practice and review lesson content. It works with some students,
but not with others. We need to be more sensitive to multiple intelligences,
and this website stimulates students who have been turned off by
traditional pencil and paper.
Teacher: Atsuko Ando
About the teacher:
Atsuko Ando is an elementary school teacher at Richmond Elementary
School in Portland, Oregon.
4th grade, but can be adapted for a slightly
younger or older class.