Language Skills General Research-Oriented Short Presentation
Reflections on Using Japanese Loanwords for Guessing English Word Meaning
Loanwords, or gairaigo, continue to capture the attention of teachers, researchers, and the general public. Yet how useful, really, are loanwords for Japanese learners of English? In this presentation I will reflect on a three-year project investigating the potential of loanwords for lexical inferencing. I will describe my findings from recent empirical studies investigating whether simply raising learners’ awareness of loanwords can increase the accuracy of their guesses about the meaning of unknown English words.
I teach English language and applied linguistics classes at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. My research is in areas of vocabulary and assessment. I am currently Pubs Chair of the TEVAL SIG. I can't wait to start travelling to conferences again!