Is english our lingua franca or the native speaker's property? The native speaker orientation among middle school students in Japan

Saito, Akihiro (2012) Is english our lingua franca or the native speaker's property? The native speaker orientation among middle school students in Japan. Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 3 (6). pp. 1071-1081. ISSN 1798-4769

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Abstract

This paper reports the first empirical study to date that sought to examine the native speaker orientation among middle school EFL students in Japan. To this end, this preliminary study measured their language attitudes in this respect addressing age-stratified and gender variations. The data was elicited from an attitude survey with 318 eighth and ninth graders at a public middle school. The findings suggest that the students gave the highest evaluations to native than to nonnative varieties of English. Second, they opted for learning English for its currency and utility in the English as a native language setting, rather than for its transnational function as a lingua franca. Lastly, the finding indicated a possible developmental trajectory of their native speaker orientation.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: @ 2006-2012 by Academy Publisher. Open Access Journal - users are free to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of this article.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 00:11
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 04:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: language learning; language attitudes; native speaker; Japan; english as a lingua franca
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4304/jltr.3.6.1071-1081
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19967

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