ERIC Number: ED202211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Japanese Exchange Students' Evaluation of English Teaching in Japan.
Doshisha Studies in English, n25 p121-141 Oct 1980
Several surveys were made of Japanese teenagers who were exchange students in the United States between 1975 and 1977. Three of the questionnaires are analyzed to get an idea of the problems the students had with English and the state of English teaching in Japan. Thirty-one male and female high school students were involved in the study. The first questionnaire, given one month after their arrival in the U.S., dealt with the students' previous experiences in studying English. The second, administered 7 months after their arrival in the U.S., was intended to find aspects of American culture with which the students were not familiar, and the kinds of cultural problems they were encountering. The third one was administered after their return to Japan. The following results are noted: (1) English education in schools in Japan emphasizes knowledge about English, not performance; (2) there is not sufficient emphasis on practice of listening and speaking skills; (3) instruction is not geared toward communication with English-speaking people; and (4) little about American culture is taught in English classes in Japan, which prevents Japanese from communicating adequately with Americans. Copies of the questionnaires are appended. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Doshisha Univ., Kyoto (Japan).
Identifiers: Japan (Kyoto)