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English in Japan in the Era of Globalization

Editors: Seargeant, P. (Ed.)

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Leading scholars in the field examine the role played by the English language in contemporary Japanese society. Their various chapters cover the nature, status, and function of English in Japan, focusing on the ways in which globalization is influencing language practices in the country.

About the authors

YVONNE BRECKENRIDGE Instructor in English for Academic Purposes, University of Alberta, Canada ELIZABETH J. ERLING Lecturer in English Language Teaching, Open University, UK LAUREL KAMADA Senior Lecturer at Tohoku University, Japan RYUKO KUBOTA Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada AYA MATSUDA Assistant Professor of English, Arizona State University, USA YUKO MATSUMOTO Lecturer of Business Communication, University of Macau, China MASUKO MIYAHARA Teacher in the College of Liberal Arts at International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan ANDREW MOODY Associate Professor of English, University of Macau, China ALISON STEWART Teacher, Gakushuin University, Japan JAMES W. TOLLEFSON Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, USA, and Professor in the Department of Media, Communication, and Culture, at the Graduate School of Public Policy and Social Research, and the Institute for Educational Research and Service, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan MAI YAMAGAMI Doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA YASUKATA YANO Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics, Waseda University, Japan

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"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 and Society

"This book provides a fascinating range of erudite studies into the status of English in today's Japan from educational, social and cultural perspectives, employing sophisticated methods of discourse analysis, narrative enquiry, and linguistic ideology. Japan has been described with the famous trope: a riddle, wrapped in mystery, inside an enigma. This volume is a welcome contribution which takes us a small but significant step towards unravelling the carefully folded origami." - English World-Wide

"The contributors of this volume are able to demonstrate the multiplicity of complexities and contradictions that arise when covert and overt language policies and national discourses of identity interact with language ideologies and discourses of globalization. In doing so, these studies provide a valuable corrective to homogenous perceptions of English in Japan that are too often perpetuated." - Language Policy

"This compact and intelligent volume, while overlapping with themes from World Englishes and having contributions from several scholars active in that field, predominantly addresses English in Japan from the perspective of globalization studies and critical discourse analysis." - English World-Wide


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: English in Japan in the Era of Globalization

    Pages 1-12

    Seargeant, Philip

  • Elite Discourses of Globalization in Japan: the Role of English

    Pages 15-37

    Yamagami, Mai (et al.)

  • ‘Not Everyone Can Be a Star’: Students’ and Teachers’ Beliefs about English Teaching in Japan

    Pages 38-59

    Matsuda, Aya

  • Parallel Universes: Globalization and Identity in English Language Teaching at a Japanese University

    Pages 60-79

    Stewart, Alison (et al.)

  • The Native Speaker English Teacher and the Politics of Globalization in Japan

    Pages 80-100

    Breckenridge, Yvonne (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
English in Japan in the Era of Globalization
Editors
  • P. Seargeant
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-30619-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230306196
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-23766-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-43914-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 208
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