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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


Instruction in English in elementary schools in Japan was mandated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2002 and is being rapidly implemented in schools across the nation. This paper describes the development of a Teaching Resource for use in teaching English in Japanese elementary schools. The Resource is based on almost a decade of teaching experience in Japanese schools by the author, the shared experience of colleagues, and the concepts derived from the published literature on language development and instruction. The content of the Resource is discussed within the framework of Ministry guidelines, is conceptually based and includes assumptions about children as learners, theme-based teaching, integration of the four skills and development of core activities. The Resource concludes with a detailed presentation of illustrative, theme-based teaching materials for first grade classes. The complete description for each of the themes covers such topics as language contained in the theme, core activity ideas and lesson plans.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Elementary Education and Teaching