Departmental Bulletin Paper An Examination of Challenges Encountered by Japanese Learners of English


This research paper analyses the various difficulties encountered by Japanese students when learning English. Firstly, three main contributing factors were proposed: linguistic differences between English and Japanese, societal barriers, and the education system in Japan. In examining the linguistic difficulties, a survey was administered to 25 Japanese learners of various levels to determine which area of English grammar posed the most difficulty. There was then an examination of the societal barriers and education system in Japan and how these also contributed to the relatively low level of English language proficiency in Japan.

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