Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Paul Vellom

Second Advisor

Jane Blyth


Japan, Education, Grammar Translation Method, Communicative Language Teaching, Audiolingual, Globalization


This research project was designed to learn more about how a small sample of junior high school and high school teachers of English in Japan thought about their teaching. The thesis begins by providing adequate cultural and historical context for analysis of the survey data. The thesis contains descriptions of four foundational English-education approaches that were used to analyze the survey data, culturally relevant information about Japan, a carefully articulated analysis of the data collected, and finally, a summation and reflection on the implications of the research.

Once the survey data was received it was analyzed against four foundational Englishteaching methods; Grammar Translation Method, Audio-Lingual Method, Communicative Language Teaching, and Teaching for Globalization. The responses for each survey was tested against these approaches and it was found that communicative language teaching was by far the most prominent teaching method.

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