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In order to foster an "international mindset" (openness to interact with the international community using English) amongst our students, it is first important to evaluate how comfortable and motivated our students feel to do so in the classroom. This presentation seeks to explore what our possible blind-spots are regarding Japanese leaner anxiety in the classroom due to different cultural mindsets between the students and foreign instructors, as well as how the strategic use of L1 in the classroom with beginner level students may be helpful in alleviating some of the students' apprehension about learning English with a foreign instructor.