Analysis of Kanji Learning Strategies Using Strategy Inventory for Learning Kanji (SILK)

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Jonghee Kim


Kanji learning is one of the most difficult areas for Japanese learners from non-Kanji backgrounds. In particular, there are many differences between Thai characters and Kanji, such as the shape of characters, lines, and stroke order. Kanji can be very difficult to learn for the Thais; however, research in this area has not been sufficiently carried out. The purpose of this study was to focus on the following: 1. to derive the Kanji learning strategies of university students in Thailand using SILK (Strategy Inventory for Learning Kanji); and 2. to provide useful Kanji teaching ideas for Japanese lecturers in Thailand. A total of 169 students participated in this study, all of whom were students from the Japanese Department at Mahasarakham University. Utilizing the mixed-methods approach, the research data were collected using a set of questionnaires that consisted of closed-ended and open-ended items. The findings indicated that: 1) the frequency part was the most common, and the sound part was the least used of the Kanji learning strategies; 2) the visual aspects of teaching materials, the use of different types of tests, the media used in Kanji learning, emphasis on the necessity of Kanji, and teaching using a systematic approach to learning should be considered when teaching Kanji to Thai learners. Analysis of Kanji Learning Strategies Using Strategy Inventory for Learning Kanji (SILK)


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