What should I study?
May 28, 2012 1:07 AM Subscribe
What should I look into researching regarding language acquisition (ESL) for my masters degree in Japan?
posted by GoingToShopping to Education (5 answers total)
I've lived in Japan for about five or six years now, speak Japanese more or less fluently, did a boat load of study abroad programs in college, and moved here after graduation. Having worked in eikaiwa first and JHS second (and still now), I definitely feel that education is where the fun money is; it's definitely not where LOTS of fun money is, though. With this in mind, and because it seems like everyone I know is doing it, I'm interested in acquiring the monbukagakusho scholarship so I can study at some suitably (overly) prestigious university like Toudai or Keio. This definitely seems to be the right way to pursue my passion and help the students of Japan at the same time.
The problem is this: I have no idea what research proposal might be most likely to get me the scholarship come interview time. I'd like to focus on education/English as a second language. From what I'm told, it's more important that the proposal/idea be "awesome" rather than "feasible," as I'll be able to re-tool it once I get the money and the acceptance of the university.
I want to continue being an educator in Japan, but would like to work either at the private jhs/hs level or university level.