Ryuko Kubota (Ph.D., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto) is Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Learning Japanese via Satellite in an American High School: A Case Study
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1999 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 329–347, October 1999
How to Cite
Kubota, R. (1999), Learning Japanese via Satellite in an American High School: A Case Study. Foreign Language Annals, 32: 329–347. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1999.tb01345.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT This case study observed a beginning-level Japanese language class of eight students taught via satellite at a high school in the United States over a period of one academic year. The study investigated the nature of learning experiences, the level of students' motivation and attitudes toward Japanese speakers and learning Japanese, the degrees of language skills development, student-teacher interaction during the once-a-week telephone conversation and broadcast classes analyzed by modified COLT. The results show that while students' involvement in learning was rather restricted due to technical, instructional and administrative limitations, students maintained their levels of motivation and positive attitudes and demonstrated gains in language skills, which may be facilitated by the communicative nature of the telephone conversation and the presence of a student tutor. These results offer some suggestions to satellite program providers and school administrators.