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MA Japanese Language Teaching

Course Description

This innovative Master’s programme is designed for those interested in teaching Japanese to speakers of other languages and in deepening their knowledge of applied linguistics. You will explore the latest theories of language teaching and learning, and critically evaluate them in the context of Japanese as a foreign language.

“Interest in studying Japanese continues to grow. It is no longer taught only at university and adult education institutes, but is increasingly finding its way into the school curriculum.”
(Embassy of Japan in the UK website)

In the last decade, Japanese language and culture have undoubtedly increased in popularity, particularly amongst young people. However, the area of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (TJFL) is still relatively new outside Japan. TJFL has traditionally been the prerogative of ‘native’ Japanese teachers, adopting traditional Japanese language teaching methods.

Our MA in Japanese Language Teaching draws from state-of-the-art teaching approaches derived from TESOL research and practice, an area of expertise at York St John University. This MA would be attractive to global teachers, aspiring teachers and researchers whose first language may be English, Japanese or other. For example, you might have spent time teaching English and learning Japanese in Japan, be a graduate of Japanese from any country, or a Japanese national interested in the application of TESOL principles to TJFL. In the UK, it is the only Masters of its kind outside London.

Although it does not lead to UK Qualified Teacher Status, this MA equips you with the skills and expertise to teach Japanese in a wide range of settings, for example independent schools, colleges, as freelance instructors, in companies and for private individuals.

The MA also provides the research training and subject knowledge to enable you to continue your studies to doctoral level.

Course Structure

The programme is designed to be studied either full-time over 12 months or part-time over a maximum of five years. If you are unable to complete the full Master’s degree or are interested in certain modules, you may work for the intermediate awards of Postgraduate Certificate in Japanese Language Teaching or Diploma in Japanese Language Teaching.

How is the programme structured and what will I study?

The full Master’s programme comprises taught modules and a dissertation.
Japanese Language Teaching Methodology (A) (15 credits) and
Japanese Language Teaching Methodology (B) (15 credits)

These modules address contemporary issues in Japanese language teaching with an emphasis on spoken interaction (A) and reading, writing and grammar (B). There will be a combination of critical exploration of Japanese teaching methodologies and practical application of theory. You will also have opportunities for teaching observation and practice in real classroom settings.
Japanese Society and Culture (15 credits) - Delivered in Japanese, this module explores issues in contemporary Japanese society through reading and discussion of a range of materials. Your language skills, as well as knowledge and critical thinking, will be brought together in this module in the context of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

Themes in Japanese Linguistics (15 credits) - Through this module, you will develop a critical understanding of Japanese linguistics and how this affects second language learners. You will explore those aspects of Japanese grammar and phonology which are markedly different from English, as well as learning about varieties of Japanese.

Second Language Acquisition (30 credits) - This module aims to give you a critical appreciation of the theoretical background of, and issues in, second language acquisition, providing you with the necessary academic knowledge to underpin good practice.
Research in Applied Linguistics (30 credits) - This module explores the implications of research findings for future professional practice and aims to encourage you to exercise an enquiring approach in your future career. The module takes place in the Spring semester, before you start to collect data for the dissertation.

Dissertation (60 credits) -Your final module will be a dissertation on a topic that you will agree with your supervisor. It is an opportunity for you to explore in depth an area of interest or particular area of Japanese language teaching and learning. You will gain experience in formulating ideas and hypotheses, devising sound research methodology, collecting and evaluating data, and presenting your findings in a dissertation of 10,000 - 12,000 words in English.

Visit the MA Japanese Language Teaching page on the York St John University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

See View Website for full entry requirements.

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