Workshop for Japanese Teachers


in-person workshop for Japanese teachers



Be able to speak with natural intonation
Online teaching materials and teaching methods

Tuesday, august 6, 2024
4:00-5:30PM (PT) (dOOR OPEN 3:30PM)

at The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Auditorium (5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles)
*The lecture will be held primarily in Japanese.

Co-Hosted by UCLA Humanities 


**当センターのビル(5700 Wilshire Blvd.)地下1階のVisitor Parkingにとめていただければ、こちらからバリデーションをお出しします。

Are you a Japanese language teacher or learner in the US? Join us for an enlightening workshop that dives deep into the intricacies of Japanese language acquisition and the perception of Japanese speech among diverse speakers.
This workshop is an excellent opportunity for Japanese language educators and learners to gain a deeper understanding of how Japanese is perceived by native speakers and to explore new teaching and evaluation methods.
Don't miss this chance to enhance your skills and knowledge in Japanese language education. Register now and join us for an engaging and informative session!

*This workshop will be held primarily in Japanese, but explanations in English will be provided if necessary. Those who are interested in learning Japanese and beginner level learners can also participate.

**If you park your car at the visitor parking of our office building (5700 Wilshire Building), we will provide a parking validation.


Having taught classes at Peking University and Tsinghua University in China for 10 years, Oikawa-sensei has held 1,500 lectures, mock classes, and has led Japanese language teacher training in 398 schools in 110 cities in China and 50‘ countries around the world. Since returning to Japan in June 2021, Oikawa-sensei held pre-job interview seminars for Japanese-language learners overseas as well as post-interview training for prospective hires. Additionally, Oikawa-sensei teaches Japanese speech and pronunciation as a teacher training course. Oikawa-sensei has received the Cultural Affairs Agency Commissioner 's Award, the Foreign Minister's Commendation, and has been selected as one of the 100 most respected Japanese people in the world by Newsweek Japan.

Noriko Nakanishi is a professor at the Faculty of Global Communication, Kobe Gakuin University. Her research areas include Phonetics and Sociolinguistics. She has authored and co-authored various books, textbooks, and research papers on shadowing, phonetics, hospitality and global communication, jazz music, and the Sanseido Wisdom Dual English-Japanese Dictionary (2019).



Nobuaki Minematsu is a professor of electrical engineering and language education at the University of Tokyo. He has a wide interest in speech communication covering the areas of speech science and speech engineering, especially he has an integrated knowledge on multimedia, ICT, AI, and CALL. He has developed and is maintaining OJAD, Online Japanese Accent Dictionary, to help learners of Japanese acquire natural prosody of Japanese. He also gives STEAC, Special Training for English Academic Communication, to technical students at the University of Tokyo. This intensive class is designed to help Japanese learners of English improve their oral skills in English.

1.    Understanding Language Diversity:
- Explore how the concept of World Englishes has expanded to include the diverse backgrounds of Japanese language speakers.
- Discuss the acquisition of Japanese as a foreign, second, or heritage language in the US.
2.    Insightful Research Findings:
- Review an analysis of Japanese university students' evaluations of speech samples from both native and non-native speakers of Japanese.
- Discover the significant differences in perceived foreign accent and intelligibility between heritage language speakers and native speakers.
3.    Interactive Evaluation Session:
- Participate in evaluating speech samples from three groups: heritage speakers, long-term learners, and native speakers educated in Japan.
- Rate “intelligibility” and “native speaker-likeness” using a 9-point scale.
4.    Objective Evaluation Techniques:
- Experience a cutting-edge evaluation method (Minematsu et al. 2021) that involves shadowing speech samples to quantify listening difficulty.
- See immediate results and understand how this method can enhance teaching and assessment.
5.    Innovative Teaching Methods:
- Learn about the “Oikawa Method” (Oikawa 2023), which uses musical notes to teach speech patterns.
Discuss the potential of this method for improving the speech of multilingual Japanese learners.


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