Japanese Speakers and the Internet

Helen Gerrard and Sachiko Nakamura

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Abstract

This case study consists of a survey of 530 students at university in Japan and was carried out with the same tools as used in the main UNESCO survey reported in this volume. The survey, which finds a fairly low level of English language use on the Internet, is discussed within a short review of Japanese history and with reference in particular to the legacy that current foreign language learners inherit in terms of attitude towards foreign language competence. The survey is supplemented by further research on the pen-pal phenomenon, an activity which has grown exponentially in the recent past and which may be countering some of the other variables in the Japanese equation.

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Gerrard, Helen and Nakamura, Sachiko. Japanese Speakers and the Internet. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2004, vol. 6, no.1, pp. 173-183. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol6/issue1/art6

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