Gender Differences in the Use of Apology Strategies in English by Japanese University EFL Learners

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Title
Gender Differences in the Use of Apology Strategies in English by Japanese University EFL Learners
Author
氏名 WILSON Timothy John
ヨミ
別名
Subject
gender differences
use of apology strategies
EFL learners
NDC
375.893
Abstract

It is well known that gender is a widely recognised factor in understanding many aspects of behaviour (Stewart and McDermott, 2004), and the influence of gender differences have an influence on apologising in Japanese (Ito, 1998), but to what extent they differ in terms of strategies used in apologies among EFL learners is lesser known. The aim of this study therefore, is to investigate the strategies used by EFL learners of English of the speech act of apology, which is based on Holmes (1990) and Blum-Kulka (1989) apology speech act sets, and to find out how the strategies used differ between male and female learners. A Discourse Completion test (DCT) containing 8 apology scenarios was conducted among 100 university students (50 males and 50 females), and it was found that not only do Japanese EFL learners lack knowledge and communicative competence for most of the strategies of apology in both genders, but there were notable, but not significant differences in the strategies used between gender; that males used an equal amount of apology to females, but slightly less strategies than females.

Journal Title
広島女学院大学国際教養学部紀要
Issue
5
Spage
117
Epage
125
Published Date
2018
Publisher
広島女学院大学国際教養学部
ISSN
2188-465X
Language
eng
NIIType
Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version
Set
hju