The Native-Speaker Model in Japan: Failure, Success, or Cultural Manipulation?

Adam Crosby*
*Kobe City College of Nursing, Kobe, Japan.
Periodicity:October - December'2019


Although Japan spends vast amount of money every year on English education and Japanese university students study and are exposed to oral English for several years, there still persists a hesitance to use and speak English. This paper looks at educational policy in Japan and the adoption of the native-speaker model in Japan. Although the native-speaker model has been adopted in Japan and is considered prestigious, adopting a model that includes nonnative speakers of the outer circle nations would be motivational for Japanese learners of English. This paper signifies the misconception that the nativespeaker model is superior to the nonnative model.


Native-Speaker Model, Nonnative Speaker, JET Program, Nihonjinron.

How to Cite this Article?

Crosby, A. (2019). The Native-Speaker Model in Japan: Failure, Success, or Cultural Manipulation? i-manager’s Journal on English Language Teaching, 9(4), 1-4.


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