Effectiveness of Having a Native Language Partner: Descriptive Analysis of Language Exchange Program

By Hiroshi Hasegawa.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The evaluation of the effectiveness of students’ out-of-class experiences is subject to difficulties including the complexity and uniqueness of self-access systems, difficulties with data collection and analysis, and the purpose of evaluation (Gardner, 1999, cited in Cotterall & Reinders, 2001). To evaluate these demands we ask how the interaction with native speakers of the target language impacts upon specific aspects of the students’ academic achievements. The primary aim of this paper is to explore this question in the case of the Language Exchange Program (LEP) at Curtin University in Western Australia. This paper reports data that was collected over a period of seven years on the effectiveness of the LEP on second/foreign language students’ performance. The particular focus is to validate the role of the LEP in the following three major interrelated aspects: LEP and students’ class attendance, LEP and end-of-semester oral examination performance, and LEP and overall academic results.

Keywords: Language Exchange Program, Face-to-Face, Interaction, Out-of-Class Learning, Second/ Foreign Language Education, Native Speaker

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 8, pp.97-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 6.073MB).

Dr. Hiroshi Hasegawa

Lecturer, Department of Asian Languages, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Hiroshi Hasegawa is a lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages at Curtin University in Australia. During the last ten years, he has been teaching Japanese language and contemporary Japanese culture at tertiary level. He has a Graduate Diploma in Language Teaching, a Master of Education Studies in LOTE (Languages Other Than English), a Master of Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and a PhD in Education. He has an extensive language teaching experience from primary to tertiary level. His research interests include education in LOTE (Japanese) and TESOL, applied linguistics, and cross-cultural communication.


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