September of 2008
 Introduction of Intermediate and Advanced Japanese language course via newspaper

    As per our students requested, Mongolia-Japan Center is preparing to introduce a new course “Intermediate and Advanced Japanese language course via newspaper” this coming spring.
Study materials will be based on the newspaper articles and students will focus on reading as well as writing and speaking. In the beginning, most students who are learning new language face difficulties reading newspapers.
Especially Japanese language, since headlines are written in kanji it becomes more challenging. Thus we are preparing materials that will boost students understanding and ability to read fast.
Here are the highlights of this course:
1. Identify the structure of the newspaper
2. Learn fast reading technique top down
3. Improve the top down reading skill
4. Learn reading technique bottom up
5. Improve the bottom up reading technique
6. Practice speaking using the new vocabulary and grammar – improve overall language skill
• Top down- means prior to reading a text reader has mindset that consists of goal and idea.
• Once the reading starts, reader will find the information that confirms the idea. Idea is in the head (top) and it is coming “down” to apply to the text.
Fast reading technique – top down
• Skimming- read the full text quickly and understand the main structure and idea
• Scanning- read the parts that are important
• Speculating- have an idea about the text and read it. Examples are news and novels
• Bottom up нь from letter to word then to sentence. Reader will understand the core by building up the meaning.

These are the reading technique that has been taught for generations. To learn all reading technique, please join us this spring for our Intermediate and Advanced Japanese language course via newspaper.
(Japanese language staff E.Mungunsolongo)

 Mother lake

    Good afternoon! I spent some time thinking of this assignment.
Then I decided to write about my birth place Khuvsgul province and its main feature Khuvsgul lake. The lake is surrounded by high mountains Khoridog, Saridag and Uran Dush.

And it’s elevated 1650m above the ground. Khuvsgul people call it “Mother lake” with respect. Foreign media called it Mongolian Blue Pearl. It is the deepest lake in Asia - 136km long, 39km wide and 267km deep.
Crystal clear Khuvsgul lake runs through Eg and Selenge sea and supplies 60 percent of lake Baikal water. It cleans itself once in 500 years. There are 99 rivers feed to Khuvsgul lake.
. Lake water is very clean and you can drink it. It also has spring water “Black water” and “Mergen”.
It is a home to more 10 species of fishes and many birds. Beautiful islands “Khadan khuu”, “Modon khuu”, Hui tolgoi”, “Husliin khad”, “Deed dood modot bulan”, “Borsogo” and “7 rocks” are located near by the lake. When I was young, I went to Modon khuu island in the middle of Khuvsgul lake. When I asked my father why there is island in the middle, he told me this fairy tale story.
There was no lake in this area and old woman used live with her five black goats. They use dwell to get water and she always remembered to close the lid. One day she provided water for her goats and followed them up to the mountain.
. Suddenly, she remembered the lid and run back home. It was too late and water took everything. While she was standing there, local hero passed by and cut off the top of Uran dush mountain and closed the lid. Then my father pointed to the mountain and I saw the mountain which was missing the top.
. I was very surprised and felt really proud of mother earth. Now I try to travel as often as possible and visit many places and hear their stories. Mother earth is waiting for you.
(Computer course staff J.Oyunchimeg)
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