East Shikoku JALT:

Anatomy of a Native Check

Date: Saturday, February 20th, 2010 Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Speaker: Ian Willey and Kimie Tanimoto

Many academic journals in Japan require "native checks" for English abstracts accompanying submissions in Japanese. However, the efficacy of such native checks has not been confirmed empirically. It has even been suggested that native checks done by English teachers on texts produced by scientists may be superficial at best, and harmful at worst, particularly in terms of lexical cohesion. The presenters, an English teacher and a Nursing instructor, will describe an ongoing study that centers on the nature and efficacy of native checks. Ten native English speakers were asked to edit an abstract produced by a Japanese nursing researcher, and the changes made were identified and categorized from a socio-cognitive perspective. Follow-up interviews were then conducted. Results reveal a variety of approaches and attitudes towards editing, suggesting that a simple native check is in fact a complicated phenomenon yielding diverse results.

Organization: East Shikoku Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (East Shikoku JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen

Venue: Kagawa University (Takamatsu) Faculty of Education, Room 411

Location: Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan


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