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Teaching Aids

Resources for Japanese Language Education

Conversation Visual Aids - A collection of fun images (anime, animals, objects) in collage form that can be used to stimulate conversation when practicing Japanese and English. Click here

Hiragana Animal Word Search - A fun way to practice recognition of the hiragana syllabary (alphabet). Provides a translation of all words, making the activity suitable for both English and Japanese learners. Click here

Hiragana School Word Search - A fun way to practice recognition of the Hiragana syllabary (alphabet). Provides a translation of all words, making the activity suitable for both English and Japanese learners. Click here

Japanese "Mad Libs" Style Story #1 - A fill-in-the-blank story form, fun for both Japanese learners and native Japanese speakers. Students offer words to complete a story based on the famous story "Momotaro" (Peach Boy). Click here.

Japanese "Mad Libs" Style Story #2 - A fill-in-the-blank story form, fun for both Japanese learners and native Japanese speakers. Students offer words to complete a "day in the life" story of a student. Click here.

Self-Introduction Form - An easy fill-in-the-blank form to aid students in making a simple self-introduction in their second language. Written in both English and Japanese. Click here

Introduction to Japanese Letters (Hiragana) - A simple table showing the hiragana syllabary, including the writing (stroke) order and sound. Prepared by the University of Michigan. Click here.

Introduction to Japanese Letters (Katakana) - A simple table showing the katakana syllabary, including the writing (stroke) order and sound. Prepared by the University of Michigan. Click here

Hinoki Media Club Interview Game - A form to encourage the use of spoken Japanese, by interviewing speakers of Japanese. One method of use is to offer prizes to those who successfully complete 3 interviews. Click here. 

Hinoki Comics - A few short, easy-to-read Japanese comics featuring "Hinokki," our cypress tree mascot. Click here.
Ondoku Video: Reading aloud (ondoku) is a key element to learning another language. Here is an example in Japanese. 

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