Title

Ways to promote the classroom participation of international students by understanding the silence of Japanese university students

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2016

Subject Area

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Abstract

The authors explored the role of silence and deciphered its meaning and usefulness as a teaching and learning strategy for Japanese students through a survey of Japanese university students in their home country. This study has revealed that participant responses were evenly divided among comfortable with silence, uncomfortable with silence, and dependent on familiarity with the person. The use of silence by Japanese students varies on a highly individualized basis, not only by culture. The interlocutor is the significant factor, not the topic of conversation, for their comfort with silence. This study also suggests that silence can be used in addition to verbal participation as a form of engaged learning and active participation.

Publication Title

Journal of International Students

Volume

6

Issue

2

First Page

431

Last Page

450

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.32674/jis.v6i2.365

ISSN

21623104

E-ISSN

21663750

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