Nagano JALT:

The Gap between English Education and English Acquisition

Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007 Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Speaker: Miki Bong

This presentation will be held in Japanese; however, the powerpoint slides will have English subtitles.

Even though Japanese people supposedly study English from junior high through high school, how many of them can answer the question ?'Can you speak English??' with ?'Yes, I can'? What makes it so hard for Japanese to have confidence in their English? Is it only a matter of pronunciation? Or grammar? Or perhaps it is something else. The answer, based on research data, will be simply explained. Let?'s go home as Japanese who ?have confidence in their English!

Miki Hyun Kyung Bong is Associate Professor of English at Shinshu University. She holds a BA and MA from Nagoya National University in English Linguistics and a M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in English and Applied Linguistics. Her doctoral study was on the second language acquisition of English by Japanese speaking learners. Her research interests are in the field of first language (L1) and second language (L2) acquisition, in particular roles of causal factors for divergence such as variabilities of the input caused by learning environments and L1 lexicons.

Organization: Nagano Chapter (formerly the Shinshu Chapter) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Nagano JALT)

Cost: free

Venue: Shinshu University, Matsumoto Campus, Large Conference Room (at the very back of the 2nd Floor, the South Building of the Zengaku Kyoiku Kikou)

Location: Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan


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