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ERIC Number: ED347786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 16
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Some Comments on Teaching English as an International Language in Japan.
Yashiro, Kyoko
A discussion of the teaching and learning of English as an international language (EIL) makes two proposals. First, the teaching of EIL in Japan should not lead to premature replacement of native English with Japanese English as a model or goal of English education. The change should be in the direction of nurturing communicative competence, and ability to express oneself in international situations. as contrasted with the present emphasis on spelling, grammar, translation, and reading comprehension. Second, it is argued that in order to cultivate awareness, acceptance, comprehsnion, and appreciation of the new English variations that comprise much of EIL, advanced students of English should be introduced to these varieties through reading and listening materials together with the sociolinguistic explanation of their function and status in each society. A 33-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Japan