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ERIC Number: ED410754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 123
Abstractor: N/A
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Japanese Female Students in an American ESL Class: Cultural Conflict and Change.
Miyakoshi, Yoshiko
This study investigated the process of change and acculturation in a group of Japanese female students studying English as a Second Language (ESL) in the United States. The first part of the report, based on data from five questionnaires administered to 36 students, discusses what the students did in their 6-week ESL class and how they reacted outside class. Each week of the students' experience is chronicled using this information, exploring student expectations, what made them comfortable in their new environment, perceptions of their academic performance, cultural differences, a home-stay experience, student autonomy, and language needs. The second part of the study examines this process from the perspectives of American ESL teachers, using data from interviews. It also looks at the students' adjustments after re-entry to their native culture, and the further adjustments made by two students upon later re-entry into the United States. The conclusion offers advice to ESL teachers about students' cultural adjustments, discusses possible program adjustments to accommodate these needs, makes some comments about Japanese teachers teaching ESL, and offers suggestions to Japanese women in an American ESL program. Appended materials include the five questionnaires and transcriptions of the interviews with American ESL teachers. Contains 17 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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