Japanese language students' perception of using anime as a teaching tool

Chan, Y.H. and Wong, N.L. and Ng, L.L. (2017) Japanese language students' perception of using anime as a teaching tool. Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 7 (1). pp. 93-104. ISSN 2301-9468, DOI https://doi.org/10.17509/ijal.v7i1.6862.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.17509/ijal.v7i1.6862


Studies showed that interest in anime motivates students to learn the Japanese language and culture (Manion, 2005; Fukunaga, 2006; William, 2006). However, little has been written about the practical use of anime in a Japanese language classroom. By employing the method of classroom research, this study will try to narrow the gap between theory and practice of using anime as a teaching tool in the Japanese language classroom. This qualitative study will focus on discussing what the participants think about the use of anime as a teaching tool. A course named "Learning Japanese language and Culture through Anime" was planned and conducted in a public university in Malaysia. During the administration of the course, the data were collected via the participants' learning diaries at 7 intervals and a group interview at the end of the semester. The findings presented from the data analysis on the participants' perception of the use of anime as a teaching tool include motivation, language and cultural awareness, critical thinking, sense of prejudice, and stereotypes. The findings reveal that giving a place for anime in the Japanese language classroom is like opening a new door for educators to connect with the students and deepen understanding about the students' learning experiences of using anime as a language and culture learning tool. This is important to provide insightful ideas to the Japanese language educators regarding the option of using anime as a teaching tool.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anime; Popular culture; Teaching Japanese as a foreign language
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 03:16
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2018 03:16
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/19215

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