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Effecting Change in English Language Teaching

Exposing Collaborators and Culprits in Japan

Authors: Toh, Glenn

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  • Presents the case for looking critically at ingrown and ingrained practices in English Language Teaching (ELT)
  • Uncovers the obscured practices, undisclosed agendas and financially and ideologically motivated (inter)actions of various actors in ELT situations
  • Includes a case study of the establishment of an English as a Lingua Franca programme at a Japanese university
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About this book

This book is about the challenges that come with initiatives to develop a more humanized, intersectional and negotiable landscape for English Language Teaching (ELT). It sets out to problematize ingrown and ingrained practices in English teaching, weaving together obscured practices, undisclosed agendas and ideologically motivated (inter)actions to expose the unspoken agendas at work. Drawing on his own experience of being part of an English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) programme at an urban Japanese university, the author presents a case for rethinking language education in Japan. This book will be of interest to applied linguists, language teachers and teacher trainers, cultural anthropologists, and anyone interested in the cultural politics of education, especially language education.

About the authors

Glenn Toh is Senior Lecturer at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has published widely in the areas of language, ideology, power and language education and maintains a keen interest in developments in the area.

Reviews

“This book artfully unpacks how English language education in Japan both shapes and reflects the sociohistorical perpetuation of essentialized and idealized Japaneseness and Otherness (imagined as idealized nativeness in English) within Japanese society, resulting in the ignoring and/or active suppression of: a) Japan’s history as a place of diversity and hybridity, as well as b) the complexity of negotiated identity and interaction occurring in and beyond Japan. Despite the formidable challenges named, the author endeavors to pave a dialogic path towards transformative change within Japan and (language) education therein, as well as in settings around the globe.” (Associate Professor Nathanael Rudolph, Mukogawa Women's University, Japan)

“This fresh and incisive book provides readers with a fantastically articulated look at the principles, practices and powers that maintain the status quo of foreign language education within Japanese Higher Education. As a critical reader with 20 years’ teaching experience in Japan, this book still proved to be an entertaining and thoroughly poignant eye-opener as to what lies beneath.” (Professor Damian J. Rivers, Future University Hakodate, Japan)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-15261-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-15260-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Effecting Change in English Language Teaching
Book Subtitle
Exposing Collaborators and Culprits in Japan
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15261-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15261-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15260-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 236
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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