Exploring the development of ownership of English through the voice of Japanese EIL users

Takuya Saeki*


研究成果: Article査読

4 被引用数 (Scopus)


While many studies have described existing beliefs concerning the appropriation of English among learners of English, little or no effort has been made to examine the process through which EIL users develop an ownership of English. This paper reports on a qualitative study that explored the development of ownership of English by Japanese EIL users in an attempt to understand such factors as experience, knowledge, and beliefs, exerting influences over its development. In-depth interviews were conducted with 14 Japanese university students and analysed employing a grounded theory approach. The findings suggest that these EIL users developed ownership of English through and across similar themes: de-ownership, understanding of ownership, ambivalent ownership, substantive ownership, and supra-self ownership, affected by various idiosyncratic factors. Based on the findings, the author proposes ‘EIL sensitivity’ as an integral part of communicative competence in EIL, referring to the degree to which individuals feel their ownership of English, manipulating English depending on various contextual circumstances across different varieties of English and cultures.

ジャーナルAsian Englishes
出版ステータスPublished - 2015 1 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 言語および言語学
  • 言語学および言語


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