Students often find it hard to express their emotions and opinions in their target foreign language. Digital stories focus on tales ‘from the heart’, and so the participating students were encouraged to tell a personal story about their relationship with Japan and their study of Japanese. How aware are they of Japan, and the role it plays, or has played, in their lives? This paper will introduce the Digital Story module — Nihon to Watashi: Japan and Myself — that has been running as part of the ANU second year intermediate Japanese language course for two years. The aim of the paper is discuss something of the appeal of these stories to teachers and students and examine their value in foreign language teaching as an alternative to the individual oral/aural presentations or tests. I will begin introducing the day-to-day workings of the project, showing how the module was structured and incorporated into the overall course, how feedback was given at various stages throughout the process and how the final product was assessed. In conclusion, I will review whether this new teaching and learning strategy encouraged student motivation and enhanced learning outcomes or whether the technical issues overrode the educational goals.
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||CLS International Conference (CLaSIC 2010) - Singapore|
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …
|Conference||CLS International Conference (CLaSIC 2010)|
|Period||1/01/11 → …|