Departmental Bulletin Paper EIL Awareness Among Japanese Pre-service EFL Teachers and EFL Students: Who are their ideal role models?
EIL Awareness Among Japanese Pre-service EFL Teachers and EFL Students: Who are their ideal role models?

中山, 誠一

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According to the spread of the notion of English as an International Language (EIL), English Language Teaching (ELT) professionals are embracing wider varieties of English. However, Matsuda (2003) argues that a strong nativism still exists in Japan. This study investigates whether there are any differences in degree of beliefs regarding EIL awareness between two groups of different majors at a university in Japan. This study compares a group of pre-service EFL teachers enrolled in an English teaching certificate course (N=25), and a group of EFL students enrolled in a required general English course (N=30). Quantitative analysis of questionnaire revealed that the group of pre-service EFL teachers has significantly stronger beliefs in native speakerism than the group of EFL students (t(53) = 4.45, p < .01). This result suggests that further studies are needed to promote EIL awareness among both pre-service EFL teachers and EFL students.
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