|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of teaching
students to listen, to understand, and to answer questions orally in basic
Japanese, as well as to assess their perception of the effectiveness of the
teaching methodology, using the Communicative Approach in comparison
with the Grammatical Approach. Participants in this study were selected
from the total population of the twelve college students enrolled in an
elementary Japanese class at a small private liberal arts college in Midwest
during the 2006-2007 academic year. A Japanese background survey was
used as a means of pre-testing. During the four research periods,
comprehensive exams were administered which evaluated language skills.
Additionally, student surveys were designed so as to assess the learners'
perspective and evaluation of the mode of classroom instruction. These
instruments provided an assortment of data to analyze results of the study.||en_US