IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(1): 56-60 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.1.150

Exploring Japanese Student Attitude Change to Gendered Interactions

Robert W. Long III
Abstract—Of the many sociolinguistic issues around the world, shyness and hesitation phenomenon are the most serious issues for many Asian youth, particularly in Japan. This study discusses the piloting and development of a gender fluency survey based on three factors: personality traits, communicative competence and morale. It explores Japanese university students’ attitudes concerning their behavior and interactions and their desire for more gendered interactions. The overall study examined the interactions of three groups of male students. These 66 discussions were transcribed and form the Longitudinal Japanese University Student Corpus (LJUSC). The study had two female participants interact, one-by-one with male participants. For each group, the interactions took place over six weeks with the two female participants switching roles on a weekly basis. Participants were given the survey before their discussions and again after the three weeks of their own discussions. The research questions focused on possible significant differences between the pre-survey and post-survey results, and if the results from the post-survey indicated a more positive outlook about gendered discussions. Results showed no significant difference between the pre- and post-survey results, but the participants were more positive about having follow-up discussions, and in sharing ideas without hesitation. Participants also felt that they had paid attention to what had been said, and had achieved their own goals. Recommendations focus on teachers providing more varied and challenging interactions for students to become more motivated when talking to the opposite sex.

Index Terms—Hesitation phenomenon, shyness, gender discussions, attitudes.

Robert Long is with Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan (e-mail: robertwilliamlong@gmail.com).

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Cite:Robert W. Long III, "Exploring Japanese Student Attitude Change to Gendered Interactions," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 56-60, 2018.

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