August of 2008
Library news for Japanese language teachers

    Mongolia-Japan Center received a gift DVD “Japan topics” from Japanese Embassy in Mongolia about the culture and daily lives of people in Japan. Our library guests can borrow the DVD and learn about Japanese winter, travel, exhibition of photo gallery and train system etc.
. DVD has subtitles in Japanese and English. It is a good source book for students who want to improve their language skills and general knowledge about Japan.

Eligible users: Japanese language teachers and JICA specialists
Documents: : Library ID and employee ID

Duration: 7 days

Number of borrowed items per visit: 3

Details: Japanese and English

(Library staff B.Uyanga)

Improving the teaching skills of Japanese language teachers

    Mongolia-Japan Center organized a training course “Improving the teaching skills of Japanese language teachers” between August 11th to 15th of 2008.
This is the second course of this year and we started this course for our local teachers from countryside who has limited access to information. However, this time we had 16 high school and college teachers from the countryside and the city.

From the course, participants informed of the international standards of language teaching and learned about syllabus structure, methods to teach Japanese grammar, how to write a curriculum, how to use handbook and textbooks.
Instructors included Japanese language training specialist Fujishima, education specialist of UB city Achiba and Japanese professor at University of Science and Technology Mr. Kanagae and the course continued for 5 days.

On 12th and 13th of August, teachers learned about fundamentals of teaching methods, how to guide the class, main exercise, and practice courses followed by practical training on 14th and 15th.
First day of the class, two topics were introduced “Responsibilities of Japanese language teachers” and “Think about teaching methods”.
Participants were very interested in the classes and we do hope that they evaluated their teaching responsibilities. They may have questioned the old methods in their mind and perhaps have thoughts about future changes and improvements based on the course.
The “How to write a curriculum” class covered topics on guiding the students, main exercises and practice examples all of which should be included in the 1 hour class and participants asked instructors for their guidance.
On 14th and 15th participants taught a real course which was evaluated by the instructors. Teachers evaluated each other, asked questions and give advise to one and another. Teachers from the local states had an opportunity to learn, exchange ideas and meet with each other.

As one of the new instructors at the Center, I taught a class on “How to teach Kanji”. I received questions on important issues that rise while teaching and how to address them.
Teachers were satisfied with the information and knowledge they obtained, shared their experience and found a solution together.
Like the saying if two people eat apple nothing will be left, if two people share experience they find two new ideas – I found this experience very useful.
Feedbacks from participants include “We would like to attend this course every year”, “It was very useful course, I learned a lot of new skills”, “and despite the hot weather outside, training was very interesting, well organized and well taught”.
We are thanking the teachers who came from far away provinces in spite of transportation cost and difficulties and your participation always gives us an encouragement.
We wish you all the best.
(Japanese language staff T.Sansartuya)

“Ikebana” Japanese flower arrangement

    On August 27th of 2008, we organized an “Ikebana” Japanese flower arrangement seminar. Teacher Yoshida Eicui came from Japan to teach how to arrange flowers and its details.
For most cases, flower arrangement is very specific, sophisticated, old-fashioned, and famine. However, students learned a simple technique and how to use the materials available in Mongolia while arranging flowers.
Yoshida instructor was very impressed by her young students majority of them were male and she had total 80 students. Everyone was very active and 7 students had a chance to arrange flowers in hand.
Young kids participated along with their parents and had a fun time looking at the flower arranging process. We displayed the first arranged flower in the lobby for all our visitors.
We will continue our series on Japanese culture and tradition. Hope you will to join us.
(New staff A.Oyun)
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