Date of release: Wednesday, September 7, 2016

CAROLE JapaneseTeachers of Japanese will soon have some expert help and advice via an online learning platform being launched by the University of Greenwich.

University language experts have teamed up with Professor Sayoko Yamashita, from Jissen Women's University in Tokyo, to produce a 'virtual learning space'. This will allow teachers to access new grammar activities and tasks, and exchange ideas with one another about the teaching and learning of Japanese.

Professor Alessandro Benati, Director of CAROLE, the university's Centre for Applied Research and Outreach, is a leading authority in the way that people learn a language. He says: "In Japanese, the way grammar is taught is still very traditional. This virtual learning space will provide teachers with information and opportunities to approach the teaching in a more innovative way, and to exchange ideas and materials for the teaching of Japanese grammar in a more communicative framework."

The Daiwa Foundation is hosting the UK launch of the platform on Saturday 17 October at 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London, NW1 4QP. For more details: http://www.dajf.org.uk/

The launch in Japan is on Saturday 26 November at the JALT Conference in Nagoya: http://jalt.org/conference/jalt2016/featured-speakers

The project was made possible by research grants secured from the Sassakawa Foundation Japanese and the MEXT Fund Support, part of the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Professor Benati has recently co-edited a book on the subject. Theory, Research and Pedagogy in Learning and Teaching Japanese Grammar is published by Palgrave: http://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781137498915

CAROLE carries out national and international research projects on second language acquisition and linguistics. Part of the university's Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, it has more than eighty associate members, who are world-leading scholars in the field of second language learning and teaching, and regularly organises international conferences, attracting expert speakers.

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Picture: Professor Alessandro Benati, University of Greenwich.