Volume 2, Issue 2 August 2019, pp. 61–82 Download PDF

Regular Articles

Japanese EFL learners' perceptions of different accents in spoken English

Yurika Ito https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6100-461X1

1 Waseda University, JAPAN yurika.ito@akane.waseda.jp

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/ajal.v2n2.160


Abstract

Due to the worldwide spread and diversification of English, there is far more variety in English accents than ever before. Nonetheless, most Japanese English language learners have continuously been only exposed to "native" English accents, particularly Received Pronunciation (RP) and General American (GA), in their English language classrooms. As the number of "non-native" English speakers exceeds the number of "native" English speakers in the world, it has been recently questioned whether exposing English language learners to only "native" English accents in English language classrooms is appropriate in this globalised world. The present study attempts to investigate 78 Japanese EFL learners' perceptions of different accents in spoken English. More specifically, the study examines the influence of "native" and "non-native" English accents on Japanese EFL learners' perceptions of grammaticality. Four "native" English speakers (i.e., the UK, the US, and Australia) and four "non-native" English speakers (i.e., Vietnam, Japan, Zimbabwe, and Russia) provided the speech samples used in the study. To measure the Japanese EFL learners' perceptions of grammaticality, they were asked to listen to thirty-two grammatical and ungrammatical sentences read out by the eight speakers and judge each sentence using binary categories (i.e., grammatical/ungrammatical). Moreover, they were asked to identify the place of origins of each speaker and label them as either "native" speaker or "non-native" speaker. The potential underlying factors influencing their judgements and evaluations are discussed, and the implications for research and teaching are also suggested.



Copyright

© Yurika Ito

CC  4.0
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


Suggested citation

Ito, Y. (2019). Japanese EFL learners' perceptions of different accents in spoken English. Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2(2), 61–82. https://doi.org/10.29140/ajal.v2n2.160


Related Articles:

Promoting acts of kindness on campus: Views of Chinese international students in the UK
Ming Cheng, Olalekan Adekola
Intercultural Communication Education Published: 30 April, 2022, Volume 5(1), 17–32. Download PDF


Tasks, self-efficacy, and L2 motivational self system in an online emergency EFL speaking class: A mixed-methods study
Nguyễn Nhật Quang, Phạm Nhật Linh, Nguyễn Thị Thu Hiền
The JALT CALL Journal Published: 2 April, 2022, Volume 18(1), 1–33. Download PDF


Implementing backward design to foster intercultural communicative competence in textbook-based curricula: A proposed framework for English language practitioners
Hiba B. Ibrahim
Intercultural Communication Education Published: 30 April, 2022, Volume 5(1), 1–16. Download PDF


Challenges and responses: A Complex Dynamic Systems approach to exploring language teacher agency in a blended classroom
Grace Yue Qi, Yuping Wang
The JALT CALL Journal Published: 9 April, 2022, Volume 18(1), 54–82. Download PDF


The effects of corpus use on learning L2 collocations
Yoshiho Satake
The JALT CALL Journal Published: 9 April, 2022, Volume 18(1), 34–53. Download PDF


Captions and learnability factors in learning grammar from audio-visual input
Anastasia Pattemore, Carmen Muñoz
The JALT CALL Journal Published: 9 April, 2022, Volume 18(1), 83–109. Download PDF


Chinese language learners evaluating machine translation accuracy
Li-Ching Chang
The JALT CALL Journal Published: 9 April, 2022, Volume 18(1), 110–136. Download PDF


Statistical analysis of the impact of the e-learning platform Furago on French learners’ listening skills
Albéric Derible, Éric Wiel
The JALT CALL Journal Published: 9 April, 2022, Volume 18(1), 137–161. Download PDF


Work integrated language learning: Boundary crossing, connectivity, and L2 affordances
Linda Febring, Alastair Henry
Migration and Language Education Published: 29 April, 2022, Volume 3(1), 1–22. Download PDF


YouTube for second language learning: What does the research tell us?
Gilbert Dizon
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published: 30 April, 2022, Volume 5(1), 19–26. Download PDF