Japanese Resources Designed to Empower Students
Jblog is a series of textbooks specifically designed to engage, enrich and empower students in their learning of the Japanese language and culture. The textbook is often the only course resource given to students in advance, allowing them to access the complete picture of what is expected in terms of their learning. This may be the only opportunity students have to direct their learning outside of the pedagogy time frame. As such, the choice of textbook is an important decision that teachers make; yet until now, teachers’ choices have been relatively limited.
Work on the Jblog series began with the realisation that in this digital world, students no longer want or expect to learn in a linear fashion. Students become frustrated when they cannot explore the textbook without the teacher’s input. They want to skip ahead to aspects of the culture that interest them, access phrases they want to use right now, or read text with furigana support before they have fully mastered the scripts. The Jblog series encourages and facilitates this, engaging students from the start, and appeals to a wider range of student abilities and interests. It moves beyond Japanese stereotypes to a deeper exploration of the culture and its relationship with language usage.
Each volume includes new features designed to keep student interest and to motivate, as students are aware of their progress as they move from volume to volume.
An outline of the key features and content overview of each volume follows.