Acts of Reading

Acts of Reading

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Students who have completed a year of German read Brecht in their second year, those of Spanish read Cervantes. Teachers of first- and second-year Japanese can often find nothing comparable. Why aren't your students reading literature? they are asked. Why not Soseki? Or Murakami? What are instructors of Japanese doing wrong? Nothing, according to the authors of this volume. Rather, they argue, such questions exemplify the gross misunderstandings and unreasonable expectations of teaching reading in Japanese. In Acts of Reading, the authors set out to explore what reading is for Japanese as a language, and how instructors should teach it to students of Japanese. They seek answers to two questions: What are the aspects of reading in Japan as manifested in Japanese society? What L2 (second-language) reading problems are specific to Japanese? In answering the first and related questions, the authors conclude that reading is a socially motivated, purposeful act that is savored and becomes a part of people's lives. Reading instruction in Japanese, therefore, should include teaching students how to work with text as the Japanese do in Japanese society. The second question relates moreTo give a spoken sample for evaluation, for example, students have to receive instructions orally or in writing to say what they are ... If a learner writes an essay in Japanese, we can say that this learner can write an essay in Japanese.

Title:Acts of Reading
Author:Hiroshi Nara, Mari Noda, Chris Brockett, Fumiko H. Harada, Charles J. Quinn (Jr.)
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press - 2003


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