ERIC Number: EJ694436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Reference Count: 15
Educated Japanese English: Expanding Oral/Aural Core Vocabulary
D'Angelo, James F.
World Englishes, v24 n3 p329-349 Aug 2005
Having established the world's first undergraduate college of world Englishes, and in an "Expanding-Circle" setting, we have created the pilot environment for a new type of ELT curriculum. We must address the creation of a curriculum that is pervasively informed by the philosophy of world Englishes at both a macro and micro level. Certain program-wide decisions have been implemented from the outset, such as having all freshmen take a required class in World Englishes Studies and attend a three-week overseas seminar in Singapore, and hiring teachers from "Outer-Circle" countries. Nevertheless, the philosophy of world Englishes must also be incorporated into all aspects of our "foundation" communication-skills classes. Acting on the premise that developing a broader spoken lexicon will be more desirable and useful than learning colloquial American English, this paper presents a pre-experiment in expanding Japanese students' core aural/oral vocabulary as a means to contributing to the development of an "educated variety of Japanese English". It is hoped that the results of this study will help serve as a guide to further research, and eventually, to the type of components that should be included in a "world Englishes compatible" oral communication curriculum.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, North American English, Speech Communication, English (Second Language)
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore