Course content varies.
Fall Quarter 2009, SISEA 490: Teaching English in Japan, 1 credit. This broad introductory course is designed to investigate the theory and practice of teaching English in Japan so that students can make informed decisions about pursuing teaching jobs there after graduation and have a more successful and satisfying experience if they do teach in Japan. The course covers a range of important issues including pedagogy, the sociology of being an English teacher in urban or rural Japan, and the structure of the employment system including government and private employers.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The overview and background information will be provided by the instructor. A wide range of guest speakers will offer their perspectives on teaching in Japan. Speakers are former and current UW students who have taught there, representatives of the regional alumni association of the JET Program, and others. Most sessions will include time for questions and discussion.
No prerequisites. No background in education or Japan Studies is required.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be expected to contribute to class discussions and small-group research.
Credit/no credit only.