Examining Japanese and Australian Stereotypes

This CALL resource aims to develop foreign language skills and critical thought amongst junior high students from Australia and Japan. These students are participating in a class email exhange project which examines Japanese and Australian stereotypes. This web page also contains lesson ideas and annotated links that are suitable for intermediate to advanced learners of Japanese or English.

Developed by Rebecca Keogh. rebeccakeogh@hotmail.com Last updated on June 15th 2001.

Contents

for students

Examining Japanese and Australian stereotypes-a survey

Examining Japanese and Australian stereotypes-a vocabulary quiz

for teachers

Lesson Plans for Examining Japanese and Australian stereotypes

Beginner lesson plan

worksheet in Japanese

Intermediate worksheet in English

Advanced collection of lesson ideas

annotated links

http://dictionary.pspinc.com PSP's dictionary is a free, online Japanese and English bidirectional dictionary. It displays the word meaning(s) and example sentences.

http://oocities.com/japanfaq/pics.html These pictures of everyday life in Japan from telephone boxes to love hotels are sure to stimulate conversation. Each photo is accompanied by informative facts and insightful observations.

http://vikingphoenix.com/public/JapanIncorporated/japaninc.htm This is an extensive, easily navigated reference site for anything and everything pertaining to Japan.

http://www.mayu.com.au/exhibitions/heart/index.html This is an exhibition by the Japanese born Australian artist Mayu. Its a picture story about a middle aged aboriginal women who suddenly discovers her real father was Japanese. The pictures show her trip to Japan and the meeting with her relatives.

http://www.mayu.com.au/exhibitions/sugao/index.html This is an exhibition of photos entitled "Australia without make-up" and shows the diversity of Australian people and their lifestyles.

http://www.australia.or.jp/english This is the Australian embassy in Tokyo site and has general information about Australia in Japanese and English. Some of the English pages are still under construction but the Japanese pages provide a useful starting point for Japanese students wishing an introduction to Australia.

http://www.faqs.org/faqs/japan/american-misconceptions This is a discussion site for the misconceptions that arise between Americans and Japanese.It's a little difficult to read and sometimes inflamatory but you may find some interesting points for class discussion.
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