A case study of Sunshine College's policy and administrative dimensions for teaching conversational English to Japanese students

Tsuneo Nakajima, Fordham University

Abstract

A linear, analytic case study was conducted of Sunshine College, Tokyo, Japan, to analyze the factors responsible for students improving their conversational English skills and to provide evidence for this improvement. The factors analyzed at Sunshine College included the culture (facilities, philosophy, policy and administration), the administrative staff, the faculty, the students, the Sunshine English Language Method and the criteria for evaluating student success. Sources of information included in-house records, testimonies, participant observation, and tape recordings.^ Major conclusions of the study were that Sunshine was successful because it uses a naturalistic approach to instruction, similar to that described by Krashen in his theory of language acquisition, and that the separate aspects of Sunshine College function successfully as a system to produce the intended outcome: improvement in conversational English language skills in a culture where such skills are rare due to traditional methods of English instruction. ^

Subject Area

Education, Language and Literature|Education, Higher

Recommended Citation

Nakajima, Tsuneo, "A case study of Sunshine College's policy and administrative dimensions for teaching conversational English to Japanese students" (1989). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI8918454.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI8918454

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