Japanese and Other Language Teaching & Learning General Research-Oriented Short Presentation

Translanguaging in Japan: A Case Study of High School English Teachers

Sat, Nov 13, 14:45-15:10 Asia/Tokyo

Location: Room 14

Translanguaging reconceptualises language and speakers in Japan and how “the” foreign language, English, is taught in Japanese high schools.

  • Sayaka Saito

    Sayaka Saito is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Her research interests are Translanguaging, EIL, ELF, and language teaching.

Some scholars have contested the idea of homogenous Japan (Burgess, 2010; Lie, 2001; Weiner; 2009) including its monolingualism (Gottlieb, 2005; Heinrich & Galan, 2010).

Burgess, C. (2010). The illusion of homogeneous Japan and national character: Discourse as a tool to transcend the ‘myth’ vs. ‘reality’ binary. The Asia-Pacific Journal, 9(1).

Gottlieb, N. (2005). Language and Society in Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Heinrich, P., & Galan, C. (2011). Language life in Japan: Transformations and prospects (1 ed.). London: Routledge.

Lie, J. (2001). Multiethnic Japan. Cambridge, United States: Harvard University Press.

Weiner, M. (2009). Japan's minorities: The illusion of homogeneity (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.