September 20 : Marie Kjeldgaard, Aichi University: What Makes an Error? Common English Mistakes and How to Help Students Correct Them. ..... Nicholas Bradley, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies: My problem with culture.

posted Sep 28, 2015, 12:12 AM by Hamamatsu JALT   [ updated Sep 28, 2015, 12:22 AM ]

Marie Kjeldgaard

Errors in language use – as opposed to mistakes – are systemic and difficult to correct and change. Marie Kjeldgaard’s (Aichi University) research focuses on three areas influencing Japanese learner errors when writing in or speaking English: differences between Japanese and English, direct translation, and English loan words. Using these ideas, Kjeldgaard isolated some possible causes of errors and presented students with short tasks designed to tackle them. Her results seem to indicate that error frequency varies by category and can decrease with direct instruction. 

Nicholas Bradley

Nicholas Bradley (Nagoya University of Foreign Studies) addressed the increased popularity of including some form of “Culture” studies within Japanese EFL/EMI classrooms. His presentation explored many fascinating avenues, but especially dealt with various definitions of culture, stakeholder expectations, and whether the term “culture” holds any validity at all.

Reported by Susan Laura Sullivan