Courses available at SAMWADINI
Our teaching Methods
At present, textbooks used is (Nihongo shoho part I & II), and a wide variety of reference material is also used. The usage of reference material basically aims at providing the students with an additional practice of reading, writing and conversation. Samwadini is planning to introduce Nihongo 90, 1-2-3 as a new text book from the next year, i.e.Yr.2002.
Hiragana & Katakana
Explain with the help of picture cards. Teachers make the students read and write until they get accustomed to these scripts.
How Kanjis are taught:
Kanjis being the most difficult part of Japanese language, special efforts are required to teach them. For that purpose, our capable teachers take great efforts in preparing practice material for students. They pick up kanji exercises from various books, and also prepare the material by their own imagination. Teachers make use of kanji cards while explaining the kanjis. The concept behind this teaching methodology is, Visual Impact.
The teachers take help of pictures while explaining grammar or while explaining various actions. Food, Shelter & Clothing, greetings, manners, social life picture cards, Japanese with the help of pictures, etc. are also used, with the help of which teachers make the students aware of Japanese culture and life style. Chiefly these are provided by Japan Foundation, Urawa, and some of them have been prepared by the teachers
Listening practice is very important for improving conversation skills, and also for improving the fast grasping of spoken language. For this purpose, the teachers make the students listen to the conversation cassettes, generally used in listening test from the earlier proficiency tests, and also the cassettes donated by Japan foundation, Urawa. The parallel texts are also provided while listening for easy understanding. In addition to that, they select listening topics from various books, as an additional exercise for improving listening skills. Educational CDs, audio and video cassettes are also available, especially for grammar studies.
Initially, teachers try to explain the sentence construction in regional or Hindi language, because of the similarity in sentence making. Later, as the students become more and more acquainted to the Japanese Language, teachers try to stick to Japanese while explaining and also make the students respond in Japanese. We also refer different sites available on the internet, and use them as a practice material for reading and translation for higher level students.
Preparation for internal tests:
Terminal tests (Oral and written) are conducted twice a year. Based on the final test results, students are allowed to take further course. A few number of lectures are conducted for Japanese Language Proficiency test, and the preparation is done based on the syllabus provided by Japan Foundation, Urawa. Generally, the test papers from earlier Japanese Language Proficiency Tests are used as practice material for these classes.