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New trends and issues in teaching Japanese language and culture
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In recent years, Japanese has become the fourth most commonly taught foreign language at the college level in the United States. As the number of students who study Japanese has increased, the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language has been established as an important academic field of study. This technical report includes nine contributions to the advancement of this field, encompassing the following five important issues: Literature and literature teaching Technology in the language classroom Orthography Testing Grammatical versus pragmatic approaches to language teaching

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Perspectives on teaching connected speech to second language speakers
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This book is a collection of fourteen articles on connected speech of interest to teachers, researchers, and materials developers in both ESL/EFL (ten chapters focus on connected speech in English) and Japanese (four chapters focus on Japanese connected speech). The fourteen chapters are divided up into five sections: What do we know so far about teaching connected speech? Does connected speech instruction work? How should connected speech be taught in English? How should connected speech be taught in Japanese? How should connected speech be tested?

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Pragmatics of Chinese as native and target language
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This technical report includes six contributions to the study of the pragmatics of Mandarin Chinese: *A report of an interview study conducted with nonnative speakers of Chinese; *Five data-based studies on the performance of different speech acts by native speakers of Mandarin: requesting, refusing, complaining, giving bad news, disagreeing, and complimenting.

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