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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Education and Technology: The Interface in Learning Japanese

Theresa A. Savage, Val Clulow.

The flexibility of innovative web-based technology is enhancing learner access to engaging learning resources such as sound and graphics. Learner motivation and interest are enhanced by the flexibility that the delivery of learning resources on the web can offer. The interface of a web-based learning tool has been designed for second language learning to provide an authentic learning experience where learners have unlimited access to a native speaker. Learners can improve reading and listening comprehension and pronunciation skills and actively participate in activities that test their comprehension, vocabulary and kanji recognition wth the provision of instant feedback. This paper presents a description of how the software was applied to obtain a dynamic screen display with illustrative text and graphics and interactive learning exercises while maintaining easy to navigate screens. An analysis of student survey responses reports on the level of interaction, the 'look and feel' of the program and freedom of access to the new learning tool.


Theresa A. Savage  (Australia)
Lecturer in Japanese, Linguistics and Asian Business
Discipline of Marketing and Languages The School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

Theresa Savage is an applied linguist with extensive experience in teaching undergraduate Japanese language, Linguistics and Japanese Studies. She is currently carrying out research on Ainu language revitalization and the efficacy of computer assisted language learning (CALL), focusing on learning styles and language learning attitudes. She is currently creating courseware for Japanese and Ainu, an endangered language of Japan.

Val Clulow  (Australia)
Associate Professor
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

Val Clulow has a particular interest in the use of mentoring and coaching as a business learning strategy. This has led to her work with peer tutoring and mentoring in higher education. She has published work related to a number of studies in this field and has consulted to other universities who have established programs for students using these approaches

  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  • Interactive Japanese
  • Online Learning
  • Flexible Delivery

(Virtual Presentation, English)