Report on Classroom Activities:Improving English Production by Having Learners Contrast Japanese and English Expressions from a Manga

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Title
Report on Classroom Activities:Improving English Production by Having Learners Contrast Japanese and English Expressions from a Manga
Author
氏名 三宅 美鈴
ヨミ ミヤケ ミスズ
別名 Miyake Misuzu
Subject
communication strategy
awareness
contrast
manga book
classroom activity
Abstract

Awareness of the differences and similarities between two languages will facilitate the communicative competence of language learners. After reporting on the differences between Japanese and English expressions found in a manga(Japanese comic book),the researcher will describe classroom activities aimed at making learners aware of different communication strategies.
These strategies are designed to raise learner awareness as to how the same expressions are employed in contrasting manners in different languages. The author employed manga as the main source of material for her classroom activities because from the point of view of Japanese learners of English,manga have an umber of advantageous points. These include the popularity of manga among young people,their visual attractiveness to young people,and the rich variety of genres they contain.
To conclude the paper,the researcher will report on how the students changed their attitudes about writing essays in English after taking the course. She evaluated these attitudes by analyzing questionnaire data gathered from the participants. In addition,she found that the total of 13 classroom sessions covered by the study was insufficient for fostering changes in learner attitudes vis-à-vis English essay-writing tasks. In spite of this drawback,however,the activities introduced by the researcher were a catalyst in making the participating learners aware of the differences between the two languages and in expanding their ability to write essays in English from a variety of perspectives.

Journal Title
Kawasaki journal of medical welfare
Volume
10
Issue
1
Spage
31
Epage
44
Published Date
2004
Publisher
川崎医療福祉学会
ISSN
1341-5077
NCID
AA11108172
Language
eng
NIIType
Journal Article
Text Version
出版社版
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hirokoku-u