The current trend in pronunciation seems to be shifting from pursuit of native-like pronunciation to mutual intelligibility among the speakers, in the form of English as an International Language (EIL) or English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). It is known that the phonetic variables in an accent trigger different attitudes in the hearer towards the speaker, which is also true of L2 English. However, there has been little research into the phonetic features produced by Japanese learners of English and the need to pay more attention to them in terms of intelligibility and attitudes. The speaker will present his own study identifying the phonetic variables produced by Japanese university students. A real-time accent judgement paradigm was used and will be demonstrated with participants to show some possible effects accents can cause for a wide range of listeners from different backgrounds. Implications from the study for English Language Teaching in Japan will also be discussed.
Having majored in English teaching at Aichi University of Education, in Autumn 2015 Takayuki continued on to the Masters course in Linguistics at University College London (UCL). His main interests lie in General Linguistics, particularly in Sociolinguistics and Practical Phonetics. He has now completed his course and is working back at Aichi University of Education where he plays a role as a research assistant involved in various projects and helping students deepen their interest in English and Linguistics.
There will be a second presentation in which the position of English as a language of education and daily life in Pakistan will be explained by Irum Shahzadi, a visiting scholar at Aichi University of Education. The importance of World Englishes has been established for a considerable time now, and provides a contrast to the rigid exonormative standards of ELT in Japan.