- 総合文化研究所紀要 (ISSN:09100105)
- vol.19, pp.60-76, 2002
This paper examines the syllabi of basic JFL (Japanese as a Foreign Language) textbooks concerning the teaching order of grammatical items. For this purpose the use of 15 main grammatical items on the basic level was analyzed in 40 textbooks published between 1980 and 2000. The conclusion demonstrates the following 5 points : 1. The teaching order of grammatical items is divided into the first introductory stage, the second introductory stage, the development stage, and the final stage. 2. In the first introductory stage, the copula, basic verbs, and adjectives are taught. In the second introductory stage, particles and tense of verbs are taught. In the development stage, aspect and conditional expressions are taught. In the final stage, voice expressions and polite verbs are taught. 3. It takes about 30 class hours to finish the first introductory stage and 220 class hours to reach the final stage. 4. Some items from the development and final stages are taught in the introductory stage in order to help students to cope with conversations in offices and shops. 5. The items in 4. are : a. expressions that are frequently used in daily life; b. expressions that have basic functions such as introducing, requesting and asking advice ; c. expressions that have too much information to complete in a single lesson.