The Necessity of Systematic English Phonetic Education at the Tertiary Level in Japanese Education

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Junko Chujo, Takaoka University of Law


Living in today’s fast-paced globalised world demands a high proficiency in the current lingua franca, English; however, the proficiency of oral communication in English of Japanese speakers has not kept up with the speed of international communication. Insufficient focus on basic pronunciation practice combined with a lack of established systematic and practical teaching methods in Japanese English classrooms have not only contributed to learners’ hesitancy in oral communication but have made acquiring a comfortably intelligible level difficult. This article introduces systematically tailored English pronunciation lessons using both the implicit and explicit approaches on the segmental and suprasegmental features. The curriculum was designed to give first consideration to the learners’ affective phase. The lessons presented here were implemented in Japanese university English classes for engineering majors.