NU Ideas Volume 4, Number 2


Nagoya University Multidisciplinary Journal

Proceedings of the Second
Symposium on Academic Writing and Critical Thinking

Differences in the logic and textual organization of French and Japanese:
Implications for academic writing education

Yumi Takagaki
Osaka Prefecture University

This article presents some textual differences of French and Japanese writing that could be obstacles for Japanese learners in learning French as a foreign language. The difficulties originate from different literary traditions, expectations of the two cultures, and school education. In particular, the following three French rhetorical conventions constitute problems for Japanese learners: less personal quality, less spontaneity, and importance of text planning. We also identified some aspects of Japanese writing education through a questionnaire. The results reveal that in Japanese education, writing has relatively minor importance and that the French norm is not the most widely applied model in Japan.


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NU Ideas Volume 4, Number 2

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