This research is to discover how “Personalized Essay Writing” affects development of Japanese communicative competence in Japanese learners as foreign language. The study is based on observance and analysis of personalized essay writing as a classroom activity for beginner level learners in the Japanese Education Practice Program at Waseda University.
This study shows that writing their own personal experience or real event instead of writing a fiction made learners more motivated to write and complete their stories. Further, reading out their own stories in the class as a part of personalized essay writing activity created supportive atmosphere among the learners and motivated them to participate in discussion, which lead to development of communicative competence.
In conclusion, personalized essay writing is a great way to prove the significance of writing in Japanese language education as learners can express themselves and speak out their inner voices in Japanese as a foreign language by writing personalized essay.