Performing Language in Japanese Language Learning

By Mio Bryce, Hiroshi Suzuki, Tamami Mori, Hideki Sumiyoshi and 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.

Keywords: Japanese Language Learning, Oral Storytelling, Holistic Language Competence, Context, Emotions

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 12, pp.85-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 836.471KB).

Dr. Mio Bryce

Senior Lecturer & Head of Japanese Studies, Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Mio Bryce is a Senior Lecturer and is the Head of Japanese Studies in the Department of International Studies at Macquarie University, teaching Japanese language, literature, and manga related units. Mio has a PhD in Japanese classical literature, The Tale of Genji, from the University of Sydney. Mio is particularly interested in historical, socio-cultural and psychological issues depicted in fiction. She is currently involved in interdisciplinary research into youth cultures, with particular focus on manga and anime, in conjunction with the English Department at Macquarie University.

Hiroshi Suzuki

Associate Lecturer, Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Hiroshi Suzuki is an Associate Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Macquarie University. His research focuses on foreign language anxiety.

Tamami Mori

Tutor, Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Tamami Mori is a casual academic at Macquarie University. She has been teaching at Macquarie University for many years, particularly JPN110/111 and several spoken Japanese units. She is interested in second language acquisition, L2 learner Identity and educational linguistics.

Hideki Sumiyoshi

Associate Lecturer, Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Hideki Sumiyoshi is an Associate Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Macquarie University.

Christie Barber

Associate Lecturer, Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia

Christie Barber is an Associate Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Macquarie University.

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