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A Study of Senior High School Teachers' L1 Use in the English Language Classroom in Japan : From Retrospective Reports by University Students
creator
Ito, Mika
Yamauchi, Yuka
Morinaga, Kazuhito
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Education
abstract
This paper reexamines a long lasting controversy over teachers' first language (L1) use in foreign language classroom settings. In many EFL (English as a foreign language) countries, this topic has recently aroused a fresh discussion on the pedagogical values and functions of the learners' L1 in the classroom. Similarly, following the world-wide trend of globalization, the Japanese Government has mandated a fundamental principle of conducting English classes in English in the recent revision of the Course of Study for Upper Secondary School (2009). However, it is arguable whether exclusive use of the target language (TL) is common in any learning context. In order to identify the present situation of teachers' use of L1 (Japanese) in classrooms in Japan, this study was conducted among 109 English-major Japanese university students with a questionnaire designed to collect their retrospective reports on teachers' L1 use while they were in senior high school. In addition, the result was compared with Littlewood and Yu's (2011) study in Hong Kong and mainland China. As a result, a varying degree of the teachers' L1 use was identified and a basic guideline was offered for an efficient L1 use in the English language classroom.
journal title
Hiroshima journal of school education
volume
Volume 19
start page
195
end page
203
date of issued
2013-03-21
publisher
広島大学大学院教育学研究科附属教育実践総合センター
issn
1341-111X
ncid
SelfDOI
language
jpn
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
Graduate School of Education
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