Japan: Teacher pioneers tweet-based literature approach

Miki Mimura, a Japanese language teacher at Kurashiki Seiryo High School in Okayama Prefecture, is pioneering a new literature teaching method drawing inspiration from Twitter.

In her approach, which aims at cultivating reading comprehension and self-expression, students are encouraged to condense the thoughts and emotions of characters into short expressions akin to tweets, using 60 characters or less. Mimura says they voiced their opinions much more frequently during the trial run.

In mid-February, a class of second-year students were reading a scene from Soseki Natsume’s famed novel “Kokoro.” In a key scene, university student “K” learns that a young lady he secretly admires is going to marry a close friend, who is depicted as “Sensei” (Teacher) in his later years.

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