Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education
A programme to encourage Japanese language education and Japanese studies in New Zealand

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Japanese Language Education in New Zealand: An evaluative literature review of the decline in students since 2005 (2013)

For a time in the 1980s and 1990s more New Zealand students chose to study Japanese than any other language, but there has been a sense of decline since then. Why? And what can we do about it?

A team of researchers from IPC Tertiary Institute and Massey University won the bid to conduct a statistical and literature review, and make recomendations for research and / or projects to further explore and address the reasons uncovered.

Read the completed report here.

Kiwi Tsunami Documentry Video

Kiwi Tsunami is an entertaining documentary about Japanese-speaking Kiwis living in Japan. The subjects include TV karaoke stars, an IT multimillionaire, a shearer-showman, an equestrian trainer, an enterprising caterer, a (JET) office worker, a media wrangler (all of whom live in Japan) and a lawyer in New Zealand. Designed for ease of use in the classroom, each profile is presented with and without English subtitles so that students at all levels may benefit. Kiwi Tsunami shows how Japanese opens doors via a collection of 'success stories'.

As at June 2013, 30 copies remain. Send in an A5 (23 x 16cm) stamped ($1.50) addressed envelope to Naomi Collins, Ruawharo Centre, EIT, PO Box 410, Napier 4140 to claim your copy.


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