AI OHMORI (NIHON UNIVERSITY)

INVESTIGATING PERCEPTIONS OF ENGLISH BY JAPANESE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS: NEED FOR A GLOBAL ENGLISHES PERSPECTIVE : GLOBAL ENGLISHES

Given a global change in socioliguistic landscape of English, Japan is not an exception in terms of having more encounters with non-native English speakers than native. Thus, it is important for English education to equip students with the knowledge and a positive attitude towards diversity of English. To consider any change in curriculum and practice, the author first investigated perceptions of English held by Japanese learners. A survey result of 76 university students revealed a strong native-speaker ideology attached to the English language especially in the areas of pronunciation and fluency in speaking and accuracy in writing. Furthermore, over ninety percent of students imagined using English to communicate with native English speakers. The survey results indicate an evident discrepancy between English education and the learners’ needs. Details of the survey results and efforts to cultivate a Global Englishes perspective in the university students will also be introduced.

Ai Ohmori is an Associate Professor at Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan. She teaches English and has been engaged in teacher education. Her research interests are in fostering intercultural sensitivity in students and incorporating diversity of English into teacher education curriculum and practice.