Fri, September 07, 11:15 am
Short paper (30 minutes)
Peter Joun (Tamagawa University)
The “invisible” aspect of teaching English carries certain values decidedly favoring a “native speaker” discourse from Centre countries. Such native speakerism is so thoroughly entrenched that EFL instructors are often unaware of the hegemonic influence this has over how they view and interact with students from non-Centre countries. This presentation explores how beginner-level Japanese university students view the use of L1 for mitigating alienating aspects of the power differential between foreign English instructors and students. Data from surveys by the presenter and other relevant research will be shared about how more inclusive learner-friendly classroom environments can be created.