Hiroshima JALT:

The Benefits Of Shared Reading As Perceived By Japanese Parents, Pre-service, And In-service Educators

Date: Sunday, April 15th, 2018 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Aaron Sponseller, Yasuko Iwasaka, Brett Walter, Mitsuko Kashiba, and Seiji Fukazawa

While parents and educators seem to universally agree that reading with children is beneficial, the specific benefits perceived may differ. Moreover, it seems that the benefits of shared reading are perhaps so taken-for-granted that research in this area is under-represented in the current literature. Such appears to be the case in Japan. In the first part of this presentation, Aaron C. Sponseller will share critical background information concerning the current state of the research surrounding shared book reading practices and perceived benefits of shared book reading around the world in both L1 and L2. He will then briefly describe a parent-child shared storybook reading program under way in Osaka, before explaining why it became necessary to conduct a large-scale survey of Japanese parents' beliefs about the perceived benefits of shared book reading in their first language. The survey used, a modified, augmented, and translated version of Debaryshe and Binder's (1994) Parental Reading Belief Inventory (PRBI) will then be introduced. Finally, the results of a nationwide survey of Japanese parents (N = 300) of children aged 3-6 years old will be shared. In the second part of this presentation, Yasuko Iwasaka, Brett Walter, Mitsuko Kashiba, and Seiji Fukazawa will share their findings from administering the PRBI to pre-service and in-service elementary school teachers. Implications for parent-child and classroom-based shared book reading in L1 will be addressed, and the manner in which survey results may inform potential L2 book reading initiatives in Japan will be discussed. Questions and comments from the audience will be welcomed at the end of the presentation.

Organization: Hiroshima Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Hiroshima JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen (500 yen for students)

Venue: TBA

Location: Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan


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