MA（大学院修士）課程は日本語教育に関しての臨床研究を中心とする1年課程です。英国グリニッジ大学との共同開発によって生まれ、日本語教育学研究の新しい地平を切り拓きます。大学院修士号（Master of Arts）が授与されます。
The aims of the programme are:
To introduce you to research in Japanese Language Teaching, in particular, those research activities and themes that impinge on the language learning environment: second language acquisition, language testing and communicative language learning.
To help you explore the interface between research in language learning and the practical learning environment with an emphasis on Japanese language teaching and learning.
To develop analytical skills to enable you to evaluate, develop and integrate Japanese teaching methodologies into the classroom.
To develop an awareness of systematic and organised research methods of language learning, to enable you to design and implement a research project in Japanese language teaching effectively.
Structure of the MA
The programme is consists of five core modules to provide you with a common theoretical and practical background and the dissertation. This programme starts in September on a full-time basis. The core units will include the following modules:
- 5 Modules
- Module 1Second Language AcquisitionThe theories of Second Language Acquisition in the last twenty years have enlightened practitioners on how a second language is actually learned.Languages teachers/lecturers need to understand the main principal issues addressed in Second Language Acquisition, the methods used to conduct research in Second Language Acquisition and to evaluate the findings. A sound knowledge of Second Language Acquisition theories will enable students to carry out their own research and to evaluate their own pedagogical practices.
- Module 2Key Issues in Second Language TeachingLanguage teaching and language testing apply the research in Second Language Acquisition into the teaching environment. Communicative language teaching is a type of instruction which has received considerable attention in recent years.Studying language testing provides a conceptual foundation for answering questions regarding the development and the use of language tests. This foundation includes three areas: the context that determines the use of language tests, the nature of the language abilities to be measured and the nature of the measurement.
- Module 3Research Methods in Language LearningThe increasing importance of research in the language learning environment is reflected in the requirement for teachers and professionals to develop a research profile.Graduate students need a supported learning environment to develop an awareness of the role of research in academic development, and to design and carry out research projects.
- Module 4Japanese Language and AnalysisA sound knowledge of the target language is essential for language teachers. In addition to this, language teachers should carefully observe and be well informed about how the language is used and analyse it in order to develop their teaching.Based on the systematic knowledge the participants acquired on the Diploma course this module deals with some crucial issues in various related linguistic fields and analyse them in order to enhance participants’ understanding of Japanese language. The emphasis is on developing competence in analysing linguistic issues. Throughout the course participants should acquire an awareness of topics in relevant linguistic fields such as methodologies used to conduct research in language analysis.
- Module 5Japanese Teaching MethodologyIt is essential for Japanese language teachers to understand the principal issues addressed in Japanese Teaching Methodology （JTM), and to be able to apply the appropriate teaching method to each case of actual teaching. In this course, the students will develop and enhance their theoretical understanding of language teaching methodologies. They will be able to gain an insight into the application of the methodologies studied in the first semester, while analysing and criticising the JTM used in the actual classroom activities.
- The Dissertation
- The DissertationResearch Project in Japanese Language TeachingMaster level learners need an opportunity to carry out, with tutorial guidance, a sustained piece of independent research （12,000 to 15,000 words） in an area relevant to Japanese Language and Japanese Language Teaching on the basis of Experiential Research.
1 year full time
To be admitted to the programme of study, students must normally possess IQ Diploma in Japanese Language Teaching awarded by the Institute of International Education in London （IIEL） or an equivalent teaching qualification. English language skills （IELTS 6.5 or equivalent）.
The course will use a variety of assessment techniques including written assignments and oral presentations
❖ Practical Use of Oral Interaction Activities to Develop Communicative Competence: Action Research on Complete Beginners in Learning Japanese at an English Secondary School
❖ The Effect of Writing Practice on Kanji Memorization: An empirical study with 36 subjects who have not studied Japanese