Twitter posts on English language learning in Japan: Attitudes towards 'Neitibu'（‘native speakers’
Tsurii, C. 2022. Twitter posts on English language learning in Japan: Attitudes towards 'Neitibu'（‘native speakers’. Journal of Humanities Research. 16, pp. 1-38.
To critically explore the ideological nature of English and English learning/teaching in Japan, this study, as part of a multifaceted project, explores how attitudes towards English (or learning/teaching English） are displayed on the social media platform Twitter. First, I examined the results of the thematic analysis of Twitter discourse with an analytical viewpoint of native-speakerism, illustrating the underlying assumptions and inconsistencies in attitudes towards English learning. Then, I applied van Dijk’s （2004） analytical framework and explored the recreation of the power relationship between ‘native speakers’and ‘non-native speakers’ in the social media discourse. This study argues that hegemonic ideology is recreated by ‘ourselves’ by unintentionally applying inverted ‘ideological squares’. This study focuses on Japanese society as a case study of learning English as a foreign language, revealing a self-defeating attitude towards ‘native-speakers’, which potentially reinforces their own subjugation, in turn having implications for future studies in global contexts.
|Keywords||Ideological nature of English (education); Native-speakerism in ELT; Qualitative research; Social media discourse; Self-defeating attitude towards ‘native-speakers’|
|Journal||Journal of Humanities Research|
|Journal citation||16, pp. 1-38|
|Publisher||The Research Institute, St. Andrewʼs University|
|23 Feb 2022|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||07 Mar 2022|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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