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Second Language Maintenance for Returnee Students in Japan [microform] / Kyoko Yashiro
Bib ID 5500224
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Yashiro, Kyoko
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1987 
18 p. 
Summary

Japanese students returning from time spent abroad face a public school system in which little attention is given to maintenance of a second language, and reassimilation into the Japanese culture is heavily stressed. There may be several reasons for this attitude: (1) knowledge of a second language gives too much advantage to an already advantaged social group; (2) second language maintenance is a personal and not a public educational problem; (3) a second language is of little practical use in the all-important school examinations; and (4) high proficiency in Japanese is a foremost objective, while proficiency in a foreign language is of distinctly minor importance and possession of a "second language" could be actually detrimental to one's acceptance as a true Japanese. Historical intolerance for languages other than Japanese and insistence on cultural assimilation persists despite the changed social, political, and economic situation of modern Japan. Current public education should be revised to include maintenance and enhancement of students' international outlook and second language capabilities and to allow the children of foreign workers into the public school system. (MSE)

Notes

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (8th, New South Wales, Australia, August 16-21, 1987).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Acculturation.  |  Bilingualism.  |  Elementary Education.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Japanese.  |  Language Skill Attrition.  |  Public Opinion.  |  Public Schools.  |  Second Languages.  |  Study Abroad.  |  Japan
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.  |  Reports, Descriptive.  |  Information Analyses.
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