ID 2417
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Authors
Cates, Kazuko M. Formal instructor of English, The Language Centre, Yarmouk University
Abstract
People who are familiar with both Japan and Jordan often comment on the differences in English speaking ability and language attitudes in the two countries. It is generally felt that Jordanian Arabs have a much higher degree of fluency in spoken English than Japanese whereas Japanese sometimes seem to do better in written tests which stress grammatical accuracy. This study attempts to examine the sociolinguistic environment of each country in order to isolate those contextual factors which are responsible for these perceived differences in English speaking ability. The analysis is carried out using Stern's1983 model of contextual factors in language teaching, which divides the environmental context into 6 separate dimensions: education, linguistics, society/culture, geography, history/ politics, and economics/technology. In the conclusion, it is suggested that some features of Jordan's English language situation may be relevant in considering how to improve the effectiveness of English language education in Japan.
Publisher
鳥取大学教養部
Content Type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
ISSN
0287-4121
NCID
AN0017460X
Journal Title
鳥取大学教養部紀要
Current Journal Title
The journal of the Faculty of General Education
Volume
20
Start Page
149
End Page
183
Published Date
1986-09-28
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Rights
注があるものを除き、この著作物は日本国著作権法により保護されています。 / This work is protected under Japanese Copyright Law unless otherwise noted.
Citation
鳥取大学教養部紀要. 1986, 20, 149-183.
Department
Faculty of Regional Sciences/Graduate School of Regional Sciences
Language
English