Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Japanese Mother Tongue Program in an International School: A Case Study
by Ohyama, Masayo, Ph.D., Fordham University, 2018, 211; 10690149
Abstract (Summary)

In international schools, a range (75–80%) of students is non-native English speakers. However, many of these schools do not offer mother tongue (MT) programs to these students. These globally mobile students’ MT proficiency levels depend on whether or not their school offers an MT program. As a result, MT teachers must teach students who possess a wide range of proficiency levels in their MT. This study applied the lens of sociocultural theory to provide more complete description of the Japanese MT program in an international school including the school’s organization, language policy, and MT curriculum development. Rather than just describe instructional MT practices, this single case study examined the educational context of the school and the Japanese MT program by conducting semi-structured interviews, classroom observations, and documents in this international school offering an International Baccalaureate Diplomat Program (IBDP). The findings of this study were (a) a lack of written language policy, (b) a lack of common curriculum, (c) a lack of curriculum cohesion, (d) the Japanese MT language program offering combination of the day- school curriculum in grades 7–10 and the after-school curriculum in grades K-6, and (e) differentiated instruction implemented by the three Japanese teachers to the students who have different MT proficiency levels. Although international schools have a commitment to rich language development, they still need to reflect on how to improve the language curriculum including strengthening the organization structure of MT instruction and enhancing the curriculum cohesion of MT instruction across grade levels.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Torre, Aida A. Nevárez-La
Commitee: Ding, Yi, Nakajima, Kazuko, Rodríguez, Diane
School: Fordham University
Department: Curriculum & Teaching
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 79/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Bilingual education, Education Policy, Curriculum development
Keywords: International baccalaureate school, International school, Japanese mother tongue program, Language policy, Mother tongue curriculum, Mother tongue instruction
Publication Number: 10690149
ISBN: 978-0-355-57336-7
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