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Title: Defending against English Linguistic Imperialism in the International University: Contradictions between Theory and Practice
Authors: Rivers, Damian
Houghton, Stephanie
Abstract: English linguistic imperialism is defined as the dominance of English ‘asserted and maintained by the establishment and continuous reconstruction of structural and cultural inequalities between English and other languages’ (Phillipson 1992: 47). During the course of the past half century, a range of theoretical defenses have been built against it based on concepts such as English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), World Englishes, intercultural communicative competence and critical pedagogy, all of which reject the ‘native-speaker’ as model for foreign language learners. With reference to the Japanese context, Kubota (1998: 303) calls for ‘a new awareness that would liberate Japanese people's consciousness from English dominance and to seek racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic equality.’ However, in practice, ‘native-speakerism’ (Holliday, 2006) is very much prominent within the Japanese university system, shaping curriculum design, language policy and employment practices, as native-speakers of English are included for certain purposes and excluded for others, often at the expense of undermining university internationalization in the process. This presentation will contrast theoretical defenses to, and practical defenses against English linguistic imperialism at two Japanese universities that strongly promote English language education. The authors will suggest that before such defenses are built, underlying concerns about English linguistic imperialism should be systematically addressed to avoid contradiction between curriculum aims and university practices.
Research Achievement Classification: 国際会議/International Conference
Type: Conference Paper
Peer Review: あり/yes
Solo/Joint Author(s): 共著/joint
Date: 10-Jun-2010
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