HBCC is excited to host a new event: a show by officially recognized rakugo performer, Katsura Sunshine!
Sunshine had a great mini-show during the Awaji Puppet Theatre performance at ACT Theatre on 8.17 – now he takes Seattle by storm in his own full show!
(event registration at end of post)
The show was fantastic! Thank you for your participation! Pictures coming soon~
We now have standby seats available. Please register and we will fill seats in the order you register.
Rakugo is a traditional Japanese stand-up comedy. Katsura Sunshine, who has been officially recognized as a rakugo performer after going through intense rakugo training, will be performing the art in English this August.
EVENT HELD IN ENGLISH, NO JAPANESE LANGUAGE SKILLS REQUIRED.
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HBCC is proud to host the 2013 Summer Institute with co-sponsor, the Washington Association of Teacher’s of Japanese (WATJ)!
Registration for Summer Institute is
NOW OPEN! CLOSED (6.10)
Instructor: Hiroko Kataoka (California State University, Long Beach)
Date: June 19 – 21
Time: 8 AM to 4 PM
Theme: Differentiated Instruction in Japanese Language Classes
Place: The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington/Japanese Language School
Because students of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds now attend Japanese language classes at universities and K-12 schools, “traditional” students share their classes with a heterogeneous student population that includes heritage speakers and those whose native languages differ from English or Japanese. Some classes house more than one level of students, typically due to schools’ economical constraints. Students in those classes present differing proficiency levels and possess different strengths in various skills, as well as different learning styles. While diversity does facilitate students’ learning from each other, if all students are taught with the same teaching objectives, strategies, teaching materials, and assessments, we cannot expect the students to receive an effective learning experience. Such practice also risks violating fairness and equality because it deprives students of opportunities to learn in the best way they can.
In this workshop the presenter will define and discuss the concept of “differentiation.” In differentiated instruction, the teacher carries out varied approaches to: (1) content, which is related to objectives which are often based on Standards, (2) process, which includes activities, tasks, and grouping, and (3) product, which means outcomes that are to be assessed, in anticipation of and in response to student differences in readiness, interests, and learning needs (Tomlinson, 1995). By examining the methods and limitations that are involved with differentiated instruction,we will explore how in fact this approach can benefit our Japanese classes. Participants will discuss teaching possibilities based on the presented concepts and examples, and create teaching plans, sample assessments, and sample teaching materials.
See course syllabus
The deadline for registration is Monday June 10th. Register below!
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