Tutor/Facilitator Helen Devereux
Date: on/from Mon 26 Feb 2024 to end year
Class time: 10:00-12:00
Japanese is a beautiful and expressive language, spoken by over 130 million people worldwide. It is a challenging language to learn but a rewarding one, and a great way to exercise your brain.
Japanese culture is rich and diverse, and learning the language is a great way to immerse yourself in it. When travelling to Japan, you can communicate with locals, read signs and order food. You will appreciate Japanese culture on a deeper level.
This course is for students with a serious interest in the language, as we will be learning not just to speak and listen, but to read text as well. We will not be using romanised text as this is limiting for several reasons. 1. It is not a true study of the language. 2. Free resources are limited without the writing systems. 3. The writing systems will help greatly when travelling to Japan.
In terms 1 & 2, we will learn two alphabets – hiragana & katakana. We will use memory techniques to help learn the Japanese characters. With memory techniques, the writing systems are achievable. By terms 3 & 4, we will begin to look at the 3rd writing system – kanji (pictographic characters).
We will use free resources (eg. Minato & Duolingo) with a focus on listening, speaking and reading. Memory techniques will be used to learn the writing systems and to learn and retain vocabulary and grammar. We will access the free Minato courses presented by native Japanese speakers, designed to take students from complete beginner to intermediate level.
REQUIREMENTS: Computer and access to internet
TUTOR: Helen has been studying and teaching memory skills for over 30 years. With newly learned memory skills at hand, she began studying Japanese in the late 80’s when looking for a challenging language to test out the skills.
She is passionate about the Japanese language and culture and loves teaching the language and sharing her knowledge. She has visited the country ten times and looks forward to returning. Most recently she spent time in Japan with a previous U3A Port Phillip Japanese for Travellers group.
Helen believes learning a language is a great way to exercise your brain. Her teaching style is very hands on with bright and visual material to enhance the experience.