Papers

Papers required for this class can be written either in English or Japanese.

Paper #1: Teaching/Learning Theories and Their Application (20%)

Content: Summarize both the benefits and shortcomings of each teaching/learning theory and method you observed in the video and read about in the textbook and articles. Then make suggestions as to how to best apply these to a real classroom situation.

Length:=3-5 pages with single-spaced; Font=Times in 12 points.

Due: Tuesday, April 18.

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Paper #2: Class Observation Report (15%)

Content: Observe a Japanese language class presently being taught here at UCI. Take notes as to precisely what the instructor of the class did with her time, in order to evaluate her time-management. Then, discuss good points as well as suggestions for improvement. See a sample report.

Length:=1 page with single-spaced; Font=Times in 12 points.

Due: Tuesday, May 2.

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Paper #3: Self-reflection Essay (15%)

Content: Discuss what it means to you to teach a foreign langauge, including your teaching goals and philosophies. (As you will be asked this type of question when you take a job interview for a language instructor's position, you may write this paper in the form of a cover letter that accompanies your resume when applying a position.) Questions on p. 466 in the textbook might be a good guide for constructing your thoughts. Refer to some theories or some articles (including the ones we didn't have time to cover in class) to support your arguments.

Length:=1-2 page with single-spaced; Font=Times in 12 points.

Due: Tuesday, June 13.