Why Some Japanese Students Have Trouble Learning English : A Factor Analytic Study
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This research was conducted to examine the reasons why some Japanese students had trouble learning English. In order to identify the causes behind the issue, a questionnaire was developed and a total of 393 college-level students from three schools were surveyed. In Study 1, the data obtained from students' questionnaires was analyzed by using a factor analysis. As a result, six factors for the reasons causing difficulties in learning English were identified. In Study 2, the data of 116 students from the above population were used to examine the differences in difficulties between successful and unsuccessful learners. To confirm the result of the statistical analysis, two successful learners and two unsuccessful learners from each group were asked questions. The results show that poor knowledge in grammar and writing was found to be one of the significant reasons for unsuccessful learners. Based on the findings, some pedagogical and research implications were also presented.
- ARELE: Annual Review of English Language Education in Japan
ARELE: Annual Review of English Language Education in Japan 20 (0), 201-210, 2009
The Japan Society of English Language Education