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ERIC Number: EJ989427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
Modelling the Perceived Value of Compulsory English Language Education in Undergraduate Non-Language Majors of Japanese Nationality
Rivers, Damian J.
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v33 n3 p251-267 2012
Adopting mixed methods of data collection and analysis, the current study models the "perceived value of compulsory English language education" in a sample of 138 undergraduate non-language majors of Japanese nationality at a national university in Japan. During the orientation period of a compulsory 15-week English language programme, the 138 students (from four individual classes) wrote about and discussed their beliefs in regard to the institution's position that English language education was important (as reflected through the compulsory status of the English language classes undertaken in their freshmen year). The qualitative textual responses gathered during the orientation period were thematically divided into three categories: an international friendship orientation, an international career orientation and an international engagement orientation. The theoretical principles underpinning these three categories were used to inform the creation of a Japanese language survey instrument administered at the end of the 15-week programme. The quantitative survey data gathered were subsequently fit to a three-factor model of the "perceived value of compulsory English language education". The findings are discussed in relation to the various positions of English language education within the Japanese context. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan