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Accounting Episodes as Communicative Practice Affecting Cultural Knowledge
Unformatted Document Text:  24 Appendix Interview Schedule (original in Japanese; translated into English) The purpose of this interview is to ask you about your experiences of communicating with Americans. I would like to know how you perceive their ways of communicating with you in English, especially their use of account, excuse, explanation, and apology. Because your experiences are valuable resources for my research, I would appreciate if you tell me frankly any episode that you were involved in with them and any thought you have about those episodes as I ask you questions. The interview will last two hour. The information that you share with me is going to be used for research purpose only. When I quote what you say in my writing, I will use your initials or a pseudonym in order to protect your privacy. If you have questions for me, I’ll be happy to answer them at any point of our talk. Do you mind if I tape-record our conversation so I will have an accurate record of our talk? Please feel free to let me know when you want me to turn off the tape. I need your consent to interview you and to tape our conversation. [sign the form] I. Questions about Background InformationLet me first ask you a little bit about yourself. -Are you a student? What year are you in school? What is your major? What school do you attend? -Were you born and raised in Japan? Do you speak Japanese as your primary language? -Have you ever traveled outside the U.S. or Japan? Have you lived in other countries? -For how long have you been in the U.S.? -Why did you decide to study in U.S.? II. Questions about Interactions in General-When was your first encounter with an American? -In your daily life, do you have contacts with Japanese people? How about non-Japanese? Who are they? Please tell me all the non-Japanese who you have regular contacts with. Are they native speakers of English? What are the kind of relationships that you have with them? (e.g., friends, classmates, teacher, roommates) -How did you get to know these people? How have you developed or maintained your relationship with them? -In what kind of situations/places do you talk with the people that you mentioned? (e.g., classroom, teacher’s office, cafeteria)? -With the people whom you mentioned, do you speak in English or in Japanese? -Is there a relationship with the native speakers which did not last? Why did it not last? Was there a critical incident that is related to the termination of the

Authors: Kotani, Mariko.
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24
Appendix
Interview Schedule
(original in Japanese; translated into English)
The purpose of this interview is to ask you about your
experiences of communicating with Americans. I would like to
know how you perceive their ways of communicating with you in
English, especially their use of account, excuse, explanation,
and apology. Because your experiences are valuable resources
for my research, I would appreciate if you tell me frankly any
episode that you were involved in with them and any thought you
have about those episodes as I ask you questions.
The interview will last two hour. The information that you
share with me is going to be used for research purpose only.
When I quote what you say in my writing, I will use your initials
or a pseudonym in order to protect your privacy. If you have
questions for me, I’ll be happy to answer them at any point of
our talk.
Do you mind if I tape-record our conversation so I will
have an accurate record of our talk? Please feel free to let
me know when you want me to turn off the tape. I need your consent
to interview you and to tape our conversation. [sign the form]

I. Questions about Background Information
Let me first ask you a little bit about yourself.
-Are you a student? What year are you in school? What is
your major? What school do you attend?
-Were you born and raised in Japan? Do you speak Japanese
as your primary language?
-Have you ever traveled outside the U.S. or Japan? Have you
lived in other countries?
-For how long have you been in the U.S.?
-Why did you decide to study in U.S.?

II. Questions about Interactions in General
-When was your first encounter with an American?
-In your daily life, do you have contacts with Japanese
people? How about non-Japanese? Who are they? Please tell
me all the non-Japanese who you have regular contacts
with. Are they native speakers of English? What are the
kind of relationships that you have with them? (e.g.,
friends, classmates, teacher, roommates)
-How did you get to know these people? How have you
developed or maintained your relationship with them?
-In what kind of situations/places do you talk with the
people that you mentioned? (e.g., classroom, teacher’s
office, cafeteria)?
-With the people whom you mentioned, do you speak in
English or in Japanese?
-Is there a relationship with the native speakers which did
not last? Why did it not last? Was there a critical
incident that is related to the termination of the


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