Focus on context: Narratives from East Asia

Carol Griffiths, Rebecca L. Oxford, Yasushi Kawai, Cassandra Kawai, Young Ye Park, Xiaomei Ma, Yaru Meng, Nae dong Yang

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The authors, all experts on learning strategies, come from or have worked in a range of locations in East Asia: Japan, Korea, the People's Republic of China, and the Republic of China (Taiwan). By means of personal narratives, they examine the cultural, personal, and logistical issues involved in learning foreign languages in the East Asian context. They also identify ways in which learning strategies can help East Asian students overcome challenges in developing foreign language skills. Using a grounded theory approach, the essays were analyzed by means of open, axial, and selective coding, producing six central themes which were then combined into an overarching theme. These themes are exemplified and discussed using material from the experts' own narratives before the article concludes by highlighting the main issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-63
Number of pages14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr
Externally publishedYes


  • Confucian Heritage Culture
  • East Asia
  • Learning strategies
  • Narrative
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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