Teaching the Japanese Aspectual form Teiru using Concept-Based Language Instruction (C-BLI) in an Intact Beginning-Level Classroom


  • Rie Tsujihara University of Washington




Japanese-as-a-foreign-language (JFL), concept-based language instruction (C-BLI), teiru form, aspectual marker, beginning-level learners


The Japanese aspectual form teiru marks ‘the durative phase of a situation’ (Shirai, 2000: 333) and has four distinct meanings, progressive, resultative, perfect, and habitual. Because of the complex concepts and the polysemous nature of the structure, even advanced learners’ understanding and ability to interpret and produce appropriate teiru forms is at times fragmented and incomplete (e.g., Nishi, 2018; Shirai and Kurono, 1998; Shibata, 1999; Sugaya, 2002). This paper considers how Concept-Based Language Instruction (C-BLI) can help L2 beginning learners of Japanese, who were introduced to teiru for the first time, develop understanding of the target concept. C-BLI teaches categories of meaning and how they are connected to forms through the materialization and transformation of conceptual understandings (García, 2018; Lantolf et al., 2020). The instruction was conducted in a college-level intact first-year Japanese class for six weeks. This paper presents findings that illustrate the development of the entire class, focusing on the transformation in two focal students’ understanding and interpretations of the teiru form.

Author Biography

Rie Tsujihara, University of Washington

Rie Tsujihara is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the learning and teaching of Japanese as a foreign language, with special interest in sociocultural theory.


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How to Cite

Tsujihara, R. (2022). Teaching the Japanese Aspectual form Teiru using Concept-Based Language Instruction (C-BLI) in an Intact Beginning-Level Classroom. Language and Sociocultural Theory, 9(1), 91–121. https://doi.org/10.1558/lst.18855