ICT in the Japanese Language Learning: Is That What Students Really Want?

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2021)
Title: ICT in the Japanese Language Learning: Is That What Students Really Want?
Stream: Education / Pedagogy
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Anna Lelenkova, Saint Petersburg University, Russia


In the last decade, one can witness the process when Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has been actively used in various fields of professional activity, including education. The COVID-19 pandemic set up new standards for educational system, where distance learning has become the reality that both teachers and students have to get used to. This research aims at assessing the effectiveness of online learning format in studying a foreign language, focused on studying the Japanese language at the University. Japanese requires a specific approach to developing learning and teaching methods. It is traditionally recommended to study the language in a form of various aspects. However, due to new realities, students often have nothing to do but to study some specialized aspects (the Japanese media, fiction, historical text etc.) by themselves, what seems to be almost impossible without getting practical recommendations from teachers. In this regard, a survey was conducted among the Japanese language learners, that was aimed at identifying the advantages and disadvantages of studying Japanese using ICT in comparison with traditional forms of in-class learning. The results show that despite the great number of online learning platforms providing typical options for studying basic grammar and character writing rules, there are practically no programs for training some specialized subjects in Japanese. Therefore, it seems extremely important to assess the students’ views and needs in order to work out a new well-balanced methodology for teaching Japanese, based on the comprehensive use of both traditional learning and innovative one using ICT.

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