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Title: Introduction to Research-Based Composition : Student Essays on Japanese Culture
Authors: SUENAGA, Eiji Leland
Keywords: vocabulary
research-based composition
schema theory
Issue Date: 31-Mar-1994
Publisher: 北海学園大学人文学会
Abstract: This paper presents the results of a one-year study into the teaching of vocabulary to 1st year Japanese Studies majors in the newly created Faculty of Humanities of Hokkai Gakuen University. A preliminary study documenting the content of the first half of the course was published earlier. (Suenaga, Hokkai Gakuen University, Humanities Research, no.1, 11/1993) In the second half of the course, the emphasis on a content-based approach using schematic mapping to facilitate student composition remained unchanged, but the content was made to reflect one of the primary goals of the Japanese Studies program; that is, students should, by the end of their studies, be able to communicate aspects of Japanese culture to non-Japanese via English. Towards this end, the focus of the Vocabulary class was shifted to the writing of research-based compositions on some facet of Japanese culture of their choosing. The rationale underlying the procedures outlined in this report reflects a belief that people learn best when they are self-motivated, they are presented with challenges of appropriate difficulty, and their efforts are directed towards meaningful tasks.
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