TOMOYUKI KAWASHIMA (GUNMA UNIVERSITY)

MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR LISTENING COMPREHENSION IN GLOBAL ENGLISHES : GLOBAL ENGLISHES

It is common knowledge for teachers today that English is used more often for communication which does not involve native speakers. However, a majority of students learning English in EFL context tend to associate native speakers as their prospective interactants, and few are ready to use English to communicate with other non-native speakers. Hence, it has become more important for teachers to enhance learners’ awareness about English as a lingua franca and expose them to varieties of English accents. Nevertheless, suitable materials for such instruction or the information about the control of difficulty levels of listening materials are not readily available. To control difficulty levels of recordings by non-native English speakers, the researcher used the intelligibility of English spoken by North American speakers of English as baseline data. In this presentation, the researcher reports on his attempt to develop listening materials for Global Englishes at a reduced difficulty level.

Tomoyuki Kawashima is Associate Professor at Gunma University. Prior to the present job, he taught English to high school students for 25 years. His research interests include pedagogical applications of Global Englishes in the English language teaching, affective factors in speaking English, and the development of speaking and writing skills.