Professor Jae-Ho Lee (Waseda University)


Dr. Jae-Ho LEE is Professor of Graduate School of Japanese Applied Linguistics at Waseda University in Tokyo. He obtained a Ph.D in Linguistics at Kyoto University in 2008. His current research interests include a Corpus-Based Study of Japanese and a Methodology for E-learning. He has extensively published books such as Corpus-Based analysis for Cognitive Syntax Research(Hituzi syobo, 2010), and An Introduction to Corpus-Based Research for Japanese language education(Kuroshio Publishing 2012).


現代に生きる私たちは、少なからずICTに支配されている。私たちがどこに行き、誰と何をするかの意思決定において、コンピュータやICTは深く関与しているのである。例えば、私がプリンストン大学で講演をするために、どの飛行機に乗れば良いかは「楽天トラベル」に聞くであろう。そして、どこに泊まるかは「ブッキングドットコム」に聞き、何を食べるかは「Yelp」に聞く。さらには、プリンストン大学までの道は「Google Map」に聞き、どこが楽しい場所を知るには「トリップアドバイザー」に聞くであろう。



Is ICT an angel or a devil for Japanese language teaching?

Many of us today are dominated by ICT in no small measure. Computers and ICT are deeply involved in decision-making wherever we go and whatever we do with anybody. For example, to give a lecture at Princeton University, I will checkout “Rakuten Travel” to know which flight to board. (Rakuten Travel is Japan’s largest online travel site.) Then, I will use “” to find lodging and visit “Yelp” to pick what to eat. By the same token, I will tap into “Google Map” to get to Princeton University and view "TripAdvisor” to find out things to do.

The online-based technological evolution of ICT has led to drastic changes in our lifestyles and encouraged to change the contents of our work. The waves of these changes have most surely rippled across the field of Japanese language teaching. In the conventional teacher-centered education, only the teacher has the solution to a task and the student engages in learning. However, the evolution of ICT provides an environment where many solutions are online and the teacher and student share the same resources. Will we, Japanese language teachers, be attuned to these changes? In addition, with the evolution of artificial intelligence and machine translation utilizing big data, will ICT represent a threat in the not-so-distant future such as the possibility of costing the jobs of Japanese language teachers? These changes in the environment demand the redefinition of the place in the world of Japanese language teachers. What will be the educational outlook and image of teachers required of Japanese language teachers in the era of AI? I would like to think about these issues based on the findings of research in the field of educational technology in this lecture. In concrete terms, I would like to speak about recent developments surrounding the paradigm shift from the knowledge transfer model to the contents diffusion model and think about the issues and future outlook of Japanese language teaching in the era of AI.