Does the ownership rest with us? Global English and the native speaker ideal among Japanese high school students

Saito, Akihiro and Hatoss, Aniko (2011) Does the ownership rest with us? Global English and the native speaker ideal among Japanese high school students. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 6 (2). pp. 108-125.

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Abstract

This paper reports on an empirical study that examined the native speaker ideal among Japanese high school students by measuring their language attitudes in this respect. The paper provides two key findings. First, Japanese high school students give by far the most positive evaluations to native than to nonnative varieties of English while, at the same time, they most devalue their own Japanese performance variety. Secondly, they opt for learning English for its intra-Anglosphere currency and utility, rather than for its broader functionality in the global arena. The results together pose a challenge to the current scholarly conceptualisations of global English and the corresponding pedagogy. Thus, the study makes an empirical contribution to the ongoing theoretical debate about the language globalisation process and language pedagogy in the EFL context.


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Depositing User: Mr Akihiro Saito
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 07:08
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: language learning; language attitudes; globalisation; native speaker; motivation; Japanese high school students
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19155

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