Japanese Language Portfolio

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Japanese (roman letters edition)

Japanese (kanji with kana edition)

Please read usage instructions and other information about the portfolio below.

What is the Japanese Language Portfolio?

The “Japanese Language Portfolio” is a tool that enables learners, who lack the time to study Japanese in a classroom setting, or sit at a desk and study, to take the initiative to effectively learn Japanese as part of their everyday activities, without relying on the help of people to assist them with their learning. It can be used to help you decide what you want to study and what is necessary, as well as find a method of study suited to you.

The “Japanese Language Portfolio” is available in the following editions: Kanji with kana, Roma-ji (Japanese in Roman letters), English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Indonesian. Since all versions have the same layout, it can be used together with language study supporters and other learners.

For example, the Portfolio can be used in the following ways:

Help you plan your course of study according to your goals
The portfolio can be used in deciding what you want to study, as well as in helping you create a study plan.
Help you learn as much Japanese as possible in your everyday activities
Even if you have very little time, use the Portfolio to help you learn as much as possible in your everyday activities.
Help you find a study method that suits you
Use the Portfolio to help you find a study method that suits you.
Help you keep a record of your study
Hold onto all materials used in your study, as they can be referred to later. By referring to them later, they can be used as review material and will provide the learner with incentive to study, and can be used to explain to others what you have studied so far.
Help study supporters to effectively assist your study
The Portfolio can be used to inform study supporters of your needs and expectations.

Examples of how to use the Portfolio

Below are specific examples of how the Portfolio can be used. Please refer to the “Japanese Language Portfolio”.

The reason(s) I have decided to go to a Japanese language class (p.2)
The Portfolio can help you to explain to others why you came to the Japanese language class.
My languages (p.3) / Self-introduction (p.4) / Before and after I came to Japan and my hopes for the future (p.5)
This will help you to give others a description of your life until now, who you currently are, and what kind of person you aspire to be in the future.
My self-assessment (p.6, p.7) / I can do this in Japanese! (pp.8~30)
Since the "Japanese Language Portfolio" allows learners to rate themselves on their specific everyday activities, it will help give you a better idea of what your current abilities are, and what you hope to accomplish in the future.
Immediate goals (p.31)
Rather than having an abstract goal of “I want to be able to speak fluently”, creating specific goals such as “I want to be able to order food at a restaurant” which can be achieved within a couple of weeks may help you keep your motivation to study.
Words and phrases that are important to me (p.37)
Categorize the words you have learned according to topic and create your own unique word list (book).
Learning diary (p.32) / My work (p.38)
By writing a diary and saving materials used during studying, you will be able to see your progress which will motivate you to continue studying. This will also help you to explain to others how you have been studying Japanese so far.
Opportunities to learn and practice Japanese (p.33)
There are many opportunities to learn Japanese outside the classroom. You can increase your opportunities by talking to other people about what kind of situations and how one can study.
My favorite ways of learning (pp.34~36)
Everyone has their own favorite way of studying. This will help you inform your study supporters what method of study you prefer.

These are just a few examples of how to use the “Japanese Language Portfolio”. The Portfolio can be used as you wish. Please find the way best suited to you to make it useful for your study of the Japanese language.