2016 MSU Workshop for Teachers of Japanese

Posted by Betsy on May 12, 2016 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

I am honored to be the invited presenter at this year’s Japanese Language Teacher Workshop of the Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Michigan State University.

The workshop is titled The Power of Input, Fun, and Games. You can download the slides.

Tools, Materials, and Resources Presented

多読 resources


Adaptable online games (add your own vocab, etc.)

Non-adaptable online games

Mobile games (play on iPhone/iPad or Android device)

  • Hiragana Word Fireworks – game for iOS and Android that teaches hiragana
  • 美文字 – compete against yourself to write Japanese characters beautifully on iOS and Android
  • Miitomo – social game for iOS & Android that can be played in Japanese, with both text and text-to-speech

Analog games

Standards & assessment


  • 72 Seasons – get interesting cultural information about all 72 seasons of the Japanese calendar on iOS and Android
  • Install the Chinese handwriting keyboard on your iPhone/iPad. You’ll be able to search for characters by writing them, but without a need for correct stroke order (or even getting close)!!!


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