Grammar Instruction: Teaching English Aspect to Japanese Learners of English

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Yuko Koike, Fukuoka Prefectural University

Despite the fact that grammar is viewed as an essential aspect of language, grammar instruction is not always central in second language teaching. In this paper, I discuss the significance of grammar in second language learning and examine the characteristics of English aspect. I focus on aspectual classes of English and Japanese verbs and illustrate the similarities and differences in their lexical, syntactic, and semantic properties that can cause difficulties for Japanese learners of English. Furthermore, I propose how English aspect should be taught to second language learners, with a focus on Japanese students.