The objectives of the current, proposed research then are:
- To examine how self-identified, queer Japanese do or do not consider themselves as having constructed a queer identity.
- To examine how English language and intercultural communication might play a role in queer individuals’ understanding of their sexuality or in the construction of a queer identity.
- To examine how, when, where and why (the semiotic acts and spaces) English language is used by self-identified, queer Japanese.
- To examine the significance of inter-cultural communication (specifically with regard to the uses of English language) for self-identified, queer Japanese.
- To examine the ideas and beliefs about English-speaking cultures such that self-identified, queer Japanese prefer to use English language in specific semiotic acts or spaces rather than their native language.
- To examine how such language use as discussed above is reflective of TESOL in its various forms, specifically in Japan.