Japanese: The Spoken Language CD-ROM for Part 1

Upgraded CD-ROM for PC

Mari Noda

View Inside Price: $68.00

June 15, 2005

ISBN: 9780300075632

See the User's Guide for this CD-ROM set, complementing Part 1, in PDF here.

This interactive CD-ROM program is a powerful tool for beginning learners of Japanese. It is based on the first part of the popular Japanese: The Spoken Language textbook series by Eleanor Harz Jorden with Mari Noda.

The two-disc set—available in PC-compatible formats--presents JSL’s sound methodology in a rich multimedia environment and complements the textbook with innovative, fully interactive exercises, simulations, and reviews. The program contains 125 “Core Conversation” video clips, activities for practice in context, helpful explanations about language and culture, and student review and assessment, with native Japanese speakers providing conversation models throughout. Whether used in the classroom or for self-study, the CD-ROM program encourages students to complete the tasks necessary to communicate successfully in Japanese and makes learning both enjoyable and rewarding.

The User’s Guide, available online, offers clear concise instructions for using the CD-ROM program. In addition, it provides comprehensive guidance for students of Japanese and answers to some of their commonly asked questions.

A Faculty Guide is also available to help instructors incorporate into their curricula the individual components of Japanese: The Spoken Language, Multimedia Collection--a grouping of new and previously published texts and audio and video materials that together form a complete package for learning and teaching the Japanese Language.

"For a quarter of a century Eleanor Jorden's Beginning Japanese has been a colossus bestriding the narrow world of Japanese-language teaching, a monument to the endeavors of linguistic pedagogy. For thoroughness it has been virtually without rival, and few among the current generation of US and even European scholars of Japan can fail to have come under its influence. Now we have a new colossus, under a new name, even larger, more impressive and more magnificently panoplied than its predecessor."—Penny Francks, Journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies

"One of the most reliable classroom textbooks of Japanese for beginners. . . . JSL1 is a monumental work that enables students to gain oral communicative competence in Japanese."—Yoshiko Nakano, Language

"Far more than a mere revision of the earlier text. Jorden has introduced important modifications in her grammatical and sociolinguistic analysis as well as in the pedagogical approach. An impressive array of audio and video materials have been added to supplement the text. . . . Jorden makes a strong case for the romanization system used in her text. . . . Jorden takes great care to relate the language to the society and the culture where the language is spoken. . . . [She] is to be congratulated for the strong sociolinguistic emphasis of her text. All lessons have interesting observations and remarks about Japanese society and culture, but always related to some aspects of the language. . . . This is an excellent text. . . . Japanese: The Spoken Language provides an excellent and natural input which is made comprehensible through a variety of means. The sociolinguistic and cultural approach fosters high motivation and interest, therefore a low filter. Exercises, drills, reviews, grammatical explanations, etc., encourage and cause the acquisition of Japanese because they contribute to the comprehensible input and high motivation. . . . This text will be a valuable instrument for the increasing number of students of Japanese. Jorden and Noda should be congratulated for the tremendous amount of work, research, and thoughtfulness in the preparation of this text."—Bernard Saint-Jacques, Canadian Journal of Linguistics

"As most readers will already know, Eleanor Jorden has spent a distinguished career campaigning to make language teaching a respected academic profession. Jorden does not indulge in empty theorizing: true to her pedagogical ideals, she gives concrete and practical working models where other might write methodological essays. Japanese: The Spoken Language (JSL) is the crowning achievement of this career. . . . More than two decades of thought and research went into the preparation of these materials, and the attention to detail shows. JSL, far and away the most consistent and rigorous language text I know of in any language, is already the most talked about work in the language teaching profession to appear in many years. . . . The text series is arguably the most important contribution to Japanese linguistics since Martin's A Reference Grammar of Japanese appeared in 1975. At the very least, JSL offers more than a pedagogical model; it also contains analyses of the Japanese language to be found nowhere else. There is no other published source for most of Jorden's ideas on grammar and sociolinguistics. The textbook is her forum for academic discourse, and she uses the medium with unmatched skill. . . . Demanding and rewarding."—S. Robert Ramsey, Modern Language Journal