2018 年 24 巻 2 号 p. 50-51
Different types of opinion-seeking questions were asked to 20 Chinese learners of Japanese. The learners were prompted to agree, disagree, or explain their reasoning in response to a variety of questions, and the expressions they used to express their opinions were analyzed. The results showed that even undergraduate or graduate students who regularly use Japanese in academic contexts struggle to utilize broad range of expressions, and their expressions were mostly limited to -to omoimasu (I think that～) without any softening expressions such as "kana" or "njanaika." Helping learners gain a broader repertoire of expressions is necessary in order for them to produce more natural, audience-aware opinion statements.