This Japanese language book contains 45 short lessons grouped into 12 chapters—each of which presents a wide variety of activities and exercises and yet is designed to be covered in a single session.
This "daily multivitamin" approach to learning Japanese makes it easy to track your progress and to review later! An audio CD comes free with the book, providing native speaker recordings giving correct pronunciations for the dialogs and vocabulary in each lesson.
Contemporary Japanese is a textbook series for beginning students of Japanese at the college or high school level. It is intended for classroom use as well as self study. Each lesson is concise and has a single, clearly-defined objective. All lessons make use of the "active discovery" approach which encourages rapid learning through "guess and try" problem-solving and participation as opposed to rote memorization. This highly effective method uses real-life conversations that make learning fun by involving you in a conversation with your peers. It also removes the fear of saying something wrong!
Available separately isContemporary Japanese Workbook Volume 2. This accompanying Japanese workbook serves as a supplementary book as well as a standalone comprehensive workbook for practicing and reviewing the language. An audio CD containing drills, dialogs and listening comprehension exercises for most activities accompanies the workbook.
Dr. Eriko Sato is Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She teaches Japanese language, linguistics and pedagogy as well as translation studies and acquisition of Asian languages. She serves as the adviser for teacher education program for Japanese. Dr. Sato developed numerous courses including the first online Japanese course at her University. She has also authored or co-authored a number of books for teaching and learning Japanese includingContemporary Japanese, Japanese Demystified, Japanese for Dummies, Complete Japanese Grammar, Basic Japanese, Basic Japanese: Introduction of the Structure of Japanese, Essential Japanese Grammar, My First Japanese Kanji Book, andLearning Japanese Kanji.