Welcome to Adagio. Adagio is the name I gave for this Internet Japanese course.

This Adagio project is a joint project with Professor Hiroshi Yokoyama and myself. Professor Yokoyama teaches computer science at the Department of Information Engineering at Akita University, Akita, Japan. He is responsible for the programming of the CGI scripts, etc. for the webserver. I am responsible for the content of the grammar and exercises of the Japanese language.

Adagio on-line Japanese was first offered in the fall of 1999 for the first time.

The hybrid Japanese course was first offered in the fall of 2003.

I have tried to make Adagio as interactive as possible so, in that respect, it is one of the first internet language courses of its kind in the world. Therefore, you should view yourself as a pioneer in the establishment of a new teaching and learning method.

However, I would like to remind you what this "being pioneers" entails. This is the first time ever that this course is offered on the internet. Therefore, I don't think anybody really knows what to expect. I made Adagio, so far, based on my classroom teaching experience. But everybody knows that teaching and learning on the Internet is totally new and totally different.

I would like all of you to know that I welcome any comments on any content of Adagio. For example, I have made several types of exercises. I think those are helpful. But you may disagree. If you think some exercises are not so helpful, I would like to know. Also, if you have any other ideas on how exercises can be presented, I would like to know. In addition to this, though we have tried to ensure that this course will be "bug"-free, as you know, in the world of computers, the first time around means that some unexpected bugs may arise. If you run into any problems, let me know. That way I can fix them for the future.

I'm open to any suggestion you might come up with. It's because your point of view is different from mine. My point of view is as an instructor, but your point of view is as a learner. I believe that a learner's point of view is just as important as that of an instructor because learning materials are truly made for learners, not for instructors.

I hope you will find learning Japanese on Adagio to be a truly positive learning experience.