Academic Seminar in Methods of Language Education Held
On November 26th, 2021, an academic seminar in methods of language education was organized by the Faculty of Pre-University Education of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Language teachers from Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, and Turkey made presentations on language teaching methods and teaching materials. From Japan, Prof. NINOMIYA Takashi of KazNU and University of Tsukuba Almaty Office coordinator introduced the Japanese learning project for tourism in collaboration with Prof. ONO Masaki of the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba. With support from the Toshiba International Foundation, this project aims to create an online Japanese course in Kazakhstan tourism for Kazakh Japanese learners. In the course, the learners will practice sentence structures, listening, and conversation. This project focuses on explanatory practice, an important skill for travel guides, and "research and presentation" in which learners rediscover common knowledge about Kazakhstan that they may already think they know.