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ERIC Number: ED461994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 56
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The Communicative Approach to Teaching English in Post-Secondary Institutions in Shimane, Japan.
Menking, Scott
One of the current approaches to teaching second languages is the communicative approach. To improve the use of this approach in Shimane, Japan, it is necessary to discover the extent to which it is being used and what is hindering its use. This study examined the situation by asking native and non-native English postsecondary instructors to complete a questionnaire. A total of 36 out of 42 instructors at the universities and junior colleges in Shimane returned the questionnaire, 27 of whom were Japanese teachers of English. Data were collected using a series of statements that respondents rated on a Likert attitude scale. Results indicated that there was broad use of most elements of the communicative approach (e.g., work in small groups and pairs and use of authentic materials), but role play was not universally accepted. The main obstacle to using the communicative approach was students' reactions and attitudes, specifically during pair and small group work. Other obstacles included students' lack of confidence in their speaking ability, embarrassment, and inability to express their opinions, ask questions, and be innovative during conversation practice. (Contains 17 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan