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Title: The Properties and Parameters of Native-Speakerism in Japan
Authors: Rivers, Damian
Abstract: Influenced by the problematic, yet commonly used term ‘native speaker’, the concept of ‘native-speakerism’ was first discussed by Holliday (2005), who later defined it as being “a pervasive ideology within ELT, characterized by the belief that ‘native-speaker’ teachers represent a ‘Western culture’ from which spring the ideals both of the English language and of English language teaching methodology” (Holliday, 2006: 385). Although quite recent, this definition reflects a traditional orientation toward English language education in which ‘native speakers’ are deemed to be norm setters, language owners and innate language-teaching experts, while ‘non-native speakers’ are cast as being deficient across a variety of criteria. Discussions of such intergroup dynamics have also been marked by a dichotomy in which ‘native speakers’ are portrayed as the sole perpetrators of prejudice, discrimination and chauvinism, while ‘non-native speakers’ are portrayed as the only group worthy of authentic victim status, thus creating a mono-directional flow of perceived aggression and resultant backlash.
Research Achievement Classification: 国内学会/Domestic Conference
Type: Conference Paper
Peer Review: あり/yes
Solo/Joint Author(s): 単著/solo
Date: 15-Dec-2012
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