Gairaigo in Japanese foreign language learning: a tool for native English speakers?

Champ, Niamh (2014) Gairaigo in Japanese foreign language learning: a tool for native English speakers?. New Voices, 6 117-143.

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Author Champ, Niamh
Title Gairaigo in Japanese foreign language learning: a tool for native English speakers?
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Gairaigo in Japanese foreign language learning: a tool for native English speakers?
Journal name New Voices   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1833-5233
Publication date 2014-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 6
Start page 117
End page 143
Total pages 27
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Japan Foundation
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
There is considerable academic literature on the usefulness of loanwords to Foreign Language (FL) learners. This literature, based on empirical studies conducted among learners of various language backgrounds and learning various target languages, indicates that cognates shared by the first language (L1) of the learner and the target language are generally a positive learning resource in Foreign Language Learning (FLL) contexts. This study extends the current literature by its examination of the specific context of English speakers learning Japanese as a Foreign Language (JFL). It takes both qualitative and quantitative approaches to the investigation of teaching practices related to the use of loanwords borrowed from English into Japanese, known as gairaigo. A quantitative analysis of three series of JFL textbooks reveals that gairaigo nouns are used in introductory texts at an unrepresentatively high proportion. While there is currently no empirical basis for this strategy, qualitative interviews with teachers give some support to the strategy of using gairaigo in preference to words of Japanese origin in introductory courses to assist learner comprehension and production. This study identifies a number of variables driving teachers’ use of gairaigo that have so far not been articulated in the literature.
Keyword JFL classroom
JFL learning
L1
Loanwords
Native English speakers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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