This Japanese language workbook is a supplementary resource forContemporary Japanese.
Self-studiers can also use it as a standalone workbook for practicing and learning Japanese on their own. It focuses on the four necessary language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing—and contains worksheets and activities covering vocabulary, grammar, and conversations in the context of daily school life, business, and travel. An included audio CD contains drills, dialogs, and listening comprehension exercises for activities in the workbook.
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 in the books 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 efficient method uses real-life conversations that make learning fun by involving you in discussion with your peers. It also removes the fear of saying something wrong!
Dr. Eriko Sato is Associate 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.