The Routledge Intermediate to Advanced Japanese Reader
A Genre-Based Approach to Reading as a Social Practice
Routledge – 2015 – 266 pages
The Routledge Intermediate to Advanced Japanese Reader: A Genre-Based Approach to Reading as a Social Practice is designed for intermediate to advanced learners of Japanese and presents twenty-five authentic texts taken from a wide range of media and literary sources, which promote a deeper understanding of Japan among readers. The book is divided into ten genre-based chapters, allowing the learner to focus on the textual features relevant to that genre.
Key features include:
The Routledge Intermediate to Advanced Japanese Reader emphasizes reading as a purposeful social act, which requires readers to make meaning of the text by considering the authors’ choices in language (scripts, vocabulary, styles) in the text. The learners are guided to situate each text in society (for example, the author, target audience, social-cultural background related to the subject) in order to understand the social significance of reading and writing. This book aims to help learners develop the ability to critically read and write in Japanese for their own social purposes. It is suitable for both class use and independent study.
Genre 1 News Reports Genre 2 Survey Reports Genre 3 Personal Opinion Genre 4 Reviews Genre 5 Editorials Genre 6 Short Stories Genre 7 Interviews Genre 8 Speeches Genre 9 Essays containing Personal Narrative Genre 10 Essays on Thoughts and Opinions
Noriko Iwasaki is Senior Lecturer in language pedagogy in the Department of Linguistics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Yuri Kumagai is Senior Lecturer in Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.