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Teaching Strategies


Associating the shape and sound of each character to a familiar word, image, and/or concept in English is one of effective ways to teach Hiragana and Katakana!  The Japan Foundation developed Hiragana/ Katakana Memory Hint, which is an app to learn Hiragana and Katakana using mnemonic pictures. Based on the illustrations of the app, we created the series of resources including flashcards and worksheets for teachers!


Hiragana/ Katakana Memory Hint App


Hiragana Memory Hint Flashcards Katakana Memory Hint Flashcards


Hiragana Memory Hint Worksheets Katakana Memory Hint Worksheets

Activities ideas:

Hiragana/ Katakana Game

Effective Classroom Communication

It is the aim of all Japanese teachers to give their students a learning experience which they find enjoyable and satisfying. The learning experience occurs largely in the classroom, so we must look for the most effective ways of building meaningful communication within the classroom, in the hope that learners will extend their skills and understandings beyond the classroom.

Effective Classroom Communication
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