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Authentic communication for Japanese language learning: A single case study of Midwestern university students


2006 2006

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The purpose of this single case study was to explore authentic communication for Japanese language learning in second-year Japanese classes at a small, private university in the Midwest. Types of authentic Japanese communication and materials in and outside of Japanese class were studied from four learners' and one professor's perspectives.

Data were collected throughout one academic year, the first semester of 2004 through the second semester of 2005. Multiple methods of data collection were used in this study including personal interviews, casual conversations, participant observations of classes and related events, and studying relevant documents including the textbook, students' study sheets, videos, oral exam transcripts, e-mail copies, reflection sheets, and web log copies.

Qualitative research procedures were used to study second-year Japanese language learners' authentic communication. Data were analyzed by categorizing into codes then themes and sub-themes. Five themes emerged in this study: (1) the e-mail writing process, (2) the e-mail reading process, (3) the learning process, (4) learning through e-mail, and (5) authentic Japanese. Lastly, implications and recommendations based on the data were concluded.

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Subject
Language arts;
Linguistics;
Bilingual education;
Multicultural education
Classification
0279: Language arts
0290: Linguistics
0282: Bilingual education
0282: Multicultural education
Identifier / keyword
Education, Language, literature and linguistics, Authentic communication, Email, Japanese as a second language, Language learning, Second language
Title
Authentic communication for Japanese language learning: A single case study of Midwestern university students
Author
Ozawa, Yuki
Number of pages
336
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 67/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542559471, 0542559471
Advisor
Moeller, Aleidine J.
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3208117
ProQuest document ID
305274694
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305274694
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