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Mary Bernson
SISEA 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Course content varies.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mary Bernson
Date: 06/19/2009