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From December 2015 to June 2021, TJF distributed 63 “Click Nippon News” (CNN). Each issue of CNN picks up an article from the “Click Nippon” or “Tokimeki-shuzaiki” websites maintained by TJF and proposes ways to use it in Japanese-language classes. CNN presented discussion points and introduced hints for Japanese-speaking activities based on the article. The aim of CNN was to introduce readers to the use of realia, to introduce different perspectives to encourage cultural understanding, and to introduce learning activities that would stimulate not only students’ thinking and imagination, but also their creativity. Tips for these classes can be found in the back issues. “Class Ideas” contains worksheets and other Japanese lesson plans for elementary, junior high, and senior high schools in Australia and South Korea. We hope teachers will find these resources useful.

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June 17, 2021

【Click Nippon News】Announcement from the Editor


Click Nippon News
June 17, 2021

【1】Announcement from the Editor

【2】Essay:Real-life Examples Broaden Perspective and Excite Interest


Sixty-three issues of CNN have been released since its launch in December 2015. These have introduced a trove of learning activities designed for elementary, junior high, and high school students, drawn from articles on the Click Nippon and Tokimeki Shuzaiki websites. Common to all of these articles has been a focus on the life stories of real people. Our goal has been to introduce one side of Japan by relating the stories of people living there. We also wished for students to encounter new worlds through the window of Japan.
In this issue, Yoko Nishimura-Parke introduces the goals she wanted to accomplish with her teaching materials and activities, as well as her teaching plans published in Class Ideas of the Click Nippon website. Nishimura-Parke has been involved in the creation of a variety of teaching materials including the high-school textbook series Mirai and iiTomo, and has also shared many learning activities via CNN.
More details may be found on the Creative Lesson Planning of the Click Nippon website.

【1】Announcement from the Editor

This issue marks the end of our regular distribution of the CNN newsletter. On August 21 (Sat.), we will hold an online CNN event, "Experiencing the Joy of Language."
Teachers will introduce learning activities that focus on having fun with language, then try these activities themselves. Time will be set aside to talk with teachers from all over the world.
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【2】Essay:Real-life Examples Broaden Perspective and Excite Interest
 by Yoko Nishimura-Parke

I have been creating various teaching materials for around 30 years, beginning with my contribution as co-author to the Japanese language textbook series Mirai. When I create teaching materials and learning activities, I keep the following points in mind:

1. Whenever possible, present information that is new to students and contains an element of surprise for them. (This requires a fair amount of research.)
2. Whatever the topic, relate it in some way to the learners and their world.
3. The learners' intellectual level is always much higher than their Japanese level.

Making use of real-life examples and focusing on real people is a very effective way to adhere to the above points, and also to elicit learners' intellectual interest. Authenticity sparks this interest and resonates with learners, making them eager to compare and learn by example, or adopt a critical perspective. The use of real people can even offer an opportunity for students to learn life lessons through those people's speech, conduct, and beliefs.
When writing teaching materials or working on lesson plans, the most exciting stage of the process is developing them in various directions from the source article. The content of the lesson can reach beyond the boundaries of the course and connect to the world outside the classroom. The broad scope of such learning is beyond comparison with reading material that was artificially created simply to teach grammar points. Real-life examples allow for the sharing of genuinely moving experiences. Real life broadens students' perspective and sows seeds of interest, and can broaden their interest to both past and current events in the world. While there is only so much that can be done in a Japanese class, it would be wonderful if that class could serve as students' gateway to a global perspective. If we can present this entry point to students, it will be the first step toward nurturing them as global citizens.
One example of an article that aroused such deep emotion and broadened horizons was the one about Ikeda Mikio. Looking at the Class Ideas of the Click Nippon website, one can see that five different class ideas were based on this article. When I read the students' comments describing their reactions, I find myself amazed once again at the power of utilizing real-life examples.

In this issue, I would like to once again present these five class ideas. Please note the expansion of these ideas in each class and use this as a source of encouragement for future instructional activities.

1. Overcoming Life's Hurdles (high school beginner level)
Author: Jang il-young
Students talk about and describe their thoughts on the article with their peers.

2. The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and My Dream (junior high and high school beginner level)
Author: Iwama Akiko
Targets: [たい] verb form, [ある、ない], practicing interrogatives, reading long passages

3. Using Realia to Study Verbs (high school beginner level)
Author: Hwang hae-jin
Students read the article and search for words they have learned in class.

4.Taking Aim at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (junior high and high school intermediate level)
Author: Yoko Nishimura-Parke
Students watch the video and read the article, search for information on the Paralympic Games, and make posters featuring empowering words.

5. Let's Get to Know Mikio-san! (high school intermediate level)
Author: Junko Nichols
After watching the video and reading the article, students use hot-seating role-play to answer questions in the role of Mikio-san's parents.

CNNは2015年12月に創刊して以来、これまでに63号を配信し、Click Nipponや「ときめき取材記」ウェブサイトの記事を活用した小中高校生向けの学習活動案を数多く紹介してきました。これらの記事に共通しているのは、実在する人たちの「物語」であったことです。日本に暮らす人たちの「物語」を通して、日本の一面を紹介したいと思ったのです。また、小中高校生に「日本」という窓から新しい世界に出会ってもらいたいと思っていました。

詳細はClick Nipponの「めいきんぐ授業」に掲載しています。ぜひご覧ください。











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