Does the ownership rest with us? Global English and the native speaker ideal among Japanese high school students

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Saito, Akihiro and Hatoss, Aniko. 2011. "Does the ownership rest with us? Global English and the native speaker ideal among Japanese high school students." International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. 6 (2), pp. 108-125. https://doi.org/10.5172/ijpl.2011.108
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Does the ownership rest with us? Global English and the native speaker ideal among Japanese high school students

ERA Journal ID39917
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsSaito, Akihiro (Author) and Hatoss, Aniko (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Pedagogies and Learning
Journal Citation6 (2), pp. 108-125
Number of Pages18
Year2011
Place of PublicationMaleny, Australia
ISSN1833-4105
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5172/ijpl.2011.108
Web Address (URL)http://www.atypon-link.com/EMP/doi/pdf/10.5172/ijpl.2011.6.2.108
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This paper reports on an empirical study that examined the native speaker ideal among Japanese high school students by measuring their language attitudes in this respect. The paper provides two key findings. First, Japanese high school students give by far the most positive evaluations to native than to nonnative varieties of English while, at the same time, they most devalue their own Japanese performance variety. Secondly, they opt for learning English for its intra-Anglosphere currency and utility, rather than for its broader functionality in the global arena. The results together pose a challenge to the current scholarly conceptualisations of global English and the corresponding pedagogy. Thus, the study makes an empirical contribution to the ongoing theoretical debate about the language globalisation process and language pedagogy in the EFL context.

Keywordslanguage learning; language attitudes; globalisation; native speaker; motivation; Japanese high school students
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470401. Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
470210. Globalisation and culture
470411. Sociolinguistics
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Centre for Research in Transformative Pedagogies
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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