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Title:Exploring Japanese learners' perception, production, and beliefs concerning spoken English contractions
Author(s):Young, John Austin
Director of Research:Sadler, Randall
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):McCarthey, Sarah
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Cole, Jennifer; Sadler, Misumi
Department / Program:Curriculum and Instruction
Discipline:Secondary & Continuing Educ
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):spoken English
Japanese learners
English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
Abstract:This mixed-methods study examined the beliefs and performance of 10 adult Japanese speakers of English regarding the phenomenon of contraction in spoken English. Over the course of three months, a collective case study approach involving listening tasks and semi-structured interviews was employed to investigate the topic from multiple dimensions, both qualitatively and quantitatively. In addition to the creation of individual portraits of these English learners by exploring their unique learning histories, and their oral/aural performance, similar performance data collected from four native English speakers were used to further contextualize the Japanese participants’ results. Analysis revealed distinct tendencies regarding contraction production and perception ability as they relate, for instance, to contraction type and the ratio of contraction. The research also uncovered common themes regarding general and individual-specific contraction-related beliefs. These findings can serve as a touchstone for researchers and educators concerned with the English oral/aural development of Japanese learners, specifically with regard to contraction-related issues affecting them.
Issue Date:2015-12-02
Rights Information:© 2015 John A. Young, Jr.
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-02
Date Deposited:2015-12

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