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Title :Identifying considerations for introducing L2 culture in Japanese EFL
Authors :Sybing, Roehl
Publisher :N.E.A.R. Language Education Conference
Issue Date :2010
Journal Title :NEAR Conference Proceedings Working Papers
Volume :NEAR-2010-08
Abstract :Native-speaking teachers (NSTs) can possess a particular sway in the classroom if perceived as representing a culture different than those of his or her learners. This paper is based on a qualitative research study to examine how teachers in Japanese EFL contexts use culture as a vehicle for establishing rapport with students, in an effort to minimize learner anxiety and increase learner motivation. A series of questionnaire responses and interviews with NSTs at Japanese universities is used to illustrate the positive effects that culture can have when connected to language learning. This paper then proposes a set of considerations that acknowledges the relationship between culture and language and guides teachers in similar contexts on how best to implement culture in the classroom in order to emphasize the benefits of exposure to culture while avoiding the obvious pitfalls that exist in an intercultural environment.
Keywords :culture
learner anxiety
learner motivation
rapport
Type Local :Conference Paper
Language :eng
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/10623/24735
Relation :http://www.iuj.ac.jp/workingpapers/index.cfm?File=NEAR-2010-08.pdf
Rights :北東アジア言語教育学会
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