- ICU 日本語教育研究センター紀要 = The Research Center for Japanese Language Education Annual Bulletin
- no.10, pp.1-12, 2001-03-31
This paper summarizes the reviews of Japanese language textbooks for intermediate-level learners. Articles written on this subject, that is, Japanese language textbooks for intermediate-level learners, were collected as part of the on-going project to develop an intermediate-level textbook for learners of Japanese in the Japanese Language Programs, International Christian University. The following aspects of textbook development have been discussed and briefly summarized in this paper: (i) what skills should be emphasized (reading/writing or speaking/listening?), (ii) what kinds of topics are good as reading materials for learners of Japanese, (iii) how are grammatical points incorporated into readings in textbooks on the market, and (iv) what kinds of exercises and activities are there in those textbooks. Finally, an attempt to classify the textbooks into three types, the traditional type, the "new" type and the "geared-to-specific-skills" type, is introduced.