Departmental Bulletin Paper 日本で英語を学ぶ、使えるようになることの意義・目的 : 論争分析から見えてきた問題点と問題解決の可能性

深田, 芳史

4pp.20 - 37 , 2017-05-01 , 駒場言葉研究会
English has been spoken or used as a foreign language in Japan for some time now so it is unsurprising that there is a long history of controversies surrounding English. The issues in question are varied (e.g. “When should we start learning English?” and “How should English be taught?”). Like many other kinds of controversies, such issues have been divided loosely into two separate camps based on people’s beliefs, values, or ideologies. Additionally, there are some variations in the opinions or ideological standpoints within each of the groups. In this review paper, I analyze various meanings and purposes of learning English and becoming able to use English in Japan as narrated by the two sides of the ideological groups. I explore how various English controversies occurred in different time periods in the Japanese society, and discuss some of the specific issues arising from the analysis of the controversies.

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