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Japan’s Rise: The Benefits that can be Reaped by Japanese Language Education for Americans
Bauzon, Jordan 2016 Japan’s Rise - The Benefits that can be Reaped from Japanese Language Education for Americans.pdf
AuthorBauzon, Jordan S.
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The Japanese language is the sixth highest foreign language learned in the United States, as the number of English-speaking American college students that are enrolled in Japanese language courses exceeded 66,000 students in 2013 (Furman, Goldberg, and Lusin). This paper will determine significant contributing factors to why this figure is particularly high when considered standalone in comparison to other foreign language enrollments, but remarkably low compared to the 2013 total foreign language enrollment figure of 1,500,000 students by examining individual student’s initial and continuing motivations in studying the Japanese language at the University of Nevada, Reno. This paper will explore fundamental motivation theories, motivation for foreign language acquisition (FLA), and current research on Japanese language learning motivation. From there, this paper will establish a direct link between continuing motivational factors and students’ future career aspirations, in both the short-term and long-term, as certain bodies of research have established indirect links, but not any direct links. Finally, this paper will discuss how the connection between continuing Japanese language learning motivations and future career goals can positively impact US-Japan relations, and give Japanese language learning students a variety of benefits, especially in the field of intercultural communication.