Seeing English language teaching and learning through the eyes of Japanese EFL and ESL students

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Abstract

To uncover possible barters to effective communication and learning, this study explored how college-level Japanese English language learners in English-as-a-second-language (ESL) and English-as-a-foreign-language (EEL) contexts viewed their English teachers and classroom activities. Analysis of 100 questionnaires incorporating quantitative and qualitative questions revealed that most Japanese students positively viewed teachers who were open, respectful of other cultures, and willing to adjust classroom content to meet students' needs. Among the differences between ESL and EFL students were ESL students' greater comfort with active participation in class, more time spent in class, physical proximity to teachers, and appreciation of student-centered behavior. On the other hand, EEL students appreciated teachers who provided native language support and avoided possible loss of face entailed by challenging and unexpected questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-124
Number of pages14
JournalForeign Language Annals
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language

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