Journal of Plurilingual and Multilingual Education
Online ISSN : 2435-8657
Print ISSN : 2188-7403
Hungry to acquire, know, and have more languages
Where one language is dominant, finding the value of additional languages
Saeri YAMAMOTOMayo OYAMA
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2018 Volume 6 Pages 72-90

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This paper reports on challenges, problems and results of a classroom experiment in an attempt to introduce plurilingual education into a Japanese university. After discussing major challenges of diversifying foreign language education in Japan where English is overwhelming, this paper describes how the classroom experiment changed the students’ attitudes of learning a new language. The results suggest that even a short-term course of 8 weeks focusing on plurilingual education reinforced the interest, motivation and self-confidence of learning a new language. However, students continue to attach high importance to English. On the other hand, their sense of difficulty to learn a new language formed by past experience of learning English decreased.

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