Dr. Boulahnane Publishes Article on Methods for and the Struggles of Learning English as a Japanese Speaker
Dr. Saad Boulahnane, a lecturer at the Language Center at Al Akhawayn University, recently published an article titled "Immersing Japanese students into English language learning: Songs, games, and cultures" in the journal Cakrawala Pendidikan. The journal is indexed in Scopus, and Dr. Boulahnane has also been published in Web of Science in the fields of education, Islamophobia, and discourse.
The study aimed to understand how the teaching methods of various Japanese English teachers differed from other non-Japanese English teachers. The interest in learning about methods used to teach Japanese speakers is because the author states that learning English is not as easy for Japanese speakers, and immersion in the language has proved to be a crucial method for engaging learning in this context. The study collected data from twenty students and ten teachers around the world. The study found that both Japanese and non-Japanese teachers used methods such as drilling techniques, gaming, singing, using cards, playing outside, and grouping, and all along, the teachers helped encourage the students' learning by motivating them and using by motivating them and using positive reinforcement techniques. Some of the barriers students had in speaking English that the study identifies include pronunciation, anxiety, grammar, vocabulary, and lack of practice.