A Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature

ISSN Print : 2229-6557, Online: 2394-9244

Reported Speech by Japanese EFL Learners

Nivedita Kumari


This study discusses the errors in written reports of Japanese EFL learners when they use a reported speech to describe a TED presentation of their choice as a part of a course on English Presentation. A better understanding of these reported speech errors helps us delve into the field of cross-cultural pragmatics. On surface these errors may seem like a grammatical error in terms of the use of pronouns and tense forms, but these errors can lead us to a deeper understanding of reported speech in English and Japanese.

Keywords: English, Japanese, reported speech, tense, pronoun

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