I began learning Japanese informally as a 17-year-old during a high school exchange year in Mie and then later studied the language and how to teach it at university in Australia and Japan. I have been a teacher in primary and secondary schools in Australia for nine years and taught Japanese at the University of Queensland, Australia, for 25 years. I am interested in long term motivation for learning Japanese, informal and independent learning and language edutainment. I am currently researching the development of listening behaviour in oral narratives in classroom learners and am an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland.
This book has been written for people who are learning Japanese in classes and independently, and for teachers of Japanese. It offers practical ideas on how to learn Japanese and what to learn through the experiences of those who have become users of the language.