Instructor: Dr. Abigail Shelton
This online graduate course provides insight into best practices for utilizing Japanese manga (comic books) in the L2 Japanese language classroom. While using manga to teach Japanese has long been extremely popular (leading to the publication of numerous textbooks aimed at this approach), there are many pitfalls involved in doing so. Instructors must consider whether to adopt an intensive or extensive reading approach; to follow student-led or instructor-led pacing and choice of manga; to discuss or avoid culturally-sensitive issues that often appear in manga; etc. Students will analyze segments from a variety of manga to practice making decisions about which manga to choose and how to utilize it as a teaching tool. Students will design a lesson plan around a manga of their choosing, justifying their reasoning behind the choice of manga and its implementation as a teaching tool.
Taught in Japanese. Request the syllabus.
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