Language attitudes and discursive positioning among Japanese youth on a study English abroad program

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Saito, Akihiro. 2010. "Language attitudes and discursive positioning among Japanese youth on a study English abroad program." Desmond, Timothy (ed.) 2nd Asian Conference on Education: Internationalization or Globalization? (ACE2010). Osaka, Japan 02 - 05 Dec 2010 Osaka, Japan.
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Language attitudes and discursive positioning among Japanese youth on a study English abroad program

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AuthorSaito, Akihiro
EditorsDesmond, Timothy
Number of Pages1
Year2010
Place of PublicationOsaka, Japan
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.iafor.org/ace2010.html
Conference/Event2nd Asian Conference on Education: Internationalization or Globalization? (ACE2010)
Event Details
2nd Asian Conference on Education: Internationalization or Globalization? (ACE2010)
Event Date
02 to end of 05 Dec 2010
Event Location
Osaka, Japan
Abstract

This paper reports a discourse-analytic study that sought to explore language attitudes and positioning among Japanese sojourners at an Australian university in one specific occasion: in the responses that they volunteered to write to a passage that argued some negative implications about the prevalence of English language both in Japan and on the global level. The study sought to identify the discursive repertoires participants drew upon when they constructed their stances and worldviews on the matter presented in the passage. The focus of this study, therefore, was the identification of discursive constructions of participants’ stances on the 'phenomenon of English' as well as their subject positions contained within them.

There are different approaches to discourse analysis that emphasise discursive resources and discursive practices respectively, as Potter and Wetherell (1995) differentiate. Since the objective of this study was to understand the way in which stances on the phenomenon of English were discursively constructed, an analytic focus upon discursive resources was chosen. The instances of texts that participants produced were coded as either negative or positive in line with the psychological attitude theory, and several interpretative repertoires were identified in the respective attitudes with differing rhetorical constructions of their linguistic, social, and cultural positionings. The findings point to variation in the constructions of attitudes and subject positions from which participants’ justifications and criticisms on the matter argued in the passage can be launched, and in the uses of these interpretative repertoires with potential criticisms against their arguments envisaged.

Keywordslanguage attitudes; English language; Japanese youth
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390108. LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
470401. Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
470405. Discourse and pragmatics
470411. Sociolinguistics
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