SenseiOnline presents 28th Benkyoukai (Study Forum)
Mary Sisk Noguchi "Guiding Your Students to a Japanese-English Kanji Dictionary"

November 8th (Friday), 2002 at 9am Japan
November 7th (Thursday) 4pm PST, 6pm CST, 7pm EST, 2pm Hawaii, 8th (Friday), midnight GMT, 11am Sydney, if this calculation is correct. To be sure, please go to Timezone Converter

Featured speaker

Mary Sisk Noguchi

Mary Sisk Noguchi is an associate professor at Meijo University in Nagoya, where she teaches intercultural communication and EFL. She obtained a Master's degree in Adult Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A lifelong kanji lover and learner, Noguchi has lived in Japan for sixteen years. She has taught Japanese to university and junior high school students in North Carolina, and to adults residing in Japan. Noguchi is co-author of "Iki Iki Nihongo," a TPR teaching resource book, and writes a column for the Japan Times called "Kanji Clinic." Her Web site ( aims to provide practical advice and encouragement to kanji learners seeking to become literate in Japanese.

Short description of the presentation

Are you teaching kanji to students from non-kanji using countries? If so, please share with us your experiences and questions regarding Japanese-English character dictionaries. Which of the four comprehensive printed kanji dictionaries (Nelson, Halpern, Spahn/Hadamitzky, Haig) do you recommend to your students? (The differences among them are detailed in my paper). Which compact kanji guides/dictionaries have you and your students found useful? At what point do you advise your students to invest in a more comprehensive character dictionary? Online and portable electronic kanji dictionaries are also being widely used; to what extent are they making printed dictionaries obsolete? What are their advantages/disadvantages? Come and obtain the information you need to steer your students towards the character dictionary most appropriate to their particular kanji learning needs.

What is going to happen?

Mary sensei's papers are at

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