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English in Japan in the Era of Globalization
 
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English in Japan in the Era of Globalization
Edited by Philip Seargeant
 
 
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19 Jul 2011
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In a world in which global communication is becoming ever more important and in which English is increasingly being positioned as the pre-eminent international language, Japan presents a particularly compelling case for the examination of the realities of English as a global language. As is often noted by commentators, Japan shows an intense fascination towards English yet, despite the strong visual and conceptual presence the language occupies in society, it has no official status, nor, in relative terms, do the majority of citizens require any great fluency in it for their everyday lives. Yet English in some form or at some symbolic level has become a significant part of everyday life in modern Japan. This book, written by leading scholars in the field, explores the role, status and uses of English in Japan, and focuses on the ways in which globalization is influencing language practices in the country.


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In a world in which global communication is becoming ever more important and in which English is increasingly being positioned as the pre-eminent international language, Japan presents a particularly compelling case for the examination of the realities of English as a global language. As is often noted by commentators, Japan shows an intense fascination towards English yet, despite the strong visual and conceptual presence the language occupies in society, it has no official status, nor, in relative terms, do the majority of citizens require any great fluency in it for their everyday lives. Yet English in some form or at some symbolic level has become a significant part of everyday life in modern Japan. This book, written by leading scholars in the field, explores the role, status and uses of English in Japan, and focuses on the ways in which globalization is influencing language practices in the country.


Reviews

'English in Japan in the Era of Globalization will appeal to scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including applied linguistics, global studies and Japanese studies. It makes a significant contribution to an emerging body of literature (e.g. Heinrich and Galan, 2010) that more accurately depicts the intricacies and complexities of contemporary Japan's linguistic ecology. This collection of innovative chapters will therefore force readers to think about the interplay between globalization and language in fresh and dynamic ways. Accordingly, it is highly recommended.' - Discourse & Society


Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; P.Seargeant
PART I: ENGLISH IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM
Elite Discourses of Globalization in Japan; M.Yamagami & J.W.Tollefson
'Not Everyone Can Be A Star'; A.Matsuda
Parallel Universes; A.Stewart & M.Miyahara
The Native Speaker English Teacher and the Politics of Globalization in Japan; Y.Breckenridge & E.J.Erling
Immigration, Diversity, and Language Education in Japan; R.Kubota
PART II: ENGLISH IN SOCIETY AND CULTURE
English as an International Language and 'Japanese English'; Y.Yano
The Position of English for a New Sector of 'Japanese' Youths; L.Kamada
The Ideal Speaker of Japanese English as Portrayed in 'Language Entertainment' Television; A.Moody & Y.Matsumoto
The Symbolic Meaning of Visual English in the Social Landscape of Japan; P.Seargeant
Index


Authors

PHILIP SEARGEANT is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the Centre for Language and Communication, The Open University, UK. He is author of The Idea of English in Japan: Ideology and the Evolution of a Global Language. He has also published several articles in journals such as Language Policy, Language & Communication, Language Sciences, World Englishes, and the International Journal of Applied Linguistics.