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Foreign Language Education in Japan: Qualitative Approaches edited by Sachiko Horiguchi, Yuki Imoto, and Gregory S. Poole
- Sachiko Horiguchi (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Temple University Japan Campus)
- Yuki Imoto (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Foreign Languages and Liberal Arts, Keio University)
- Akiko Katayama (Project Assistant Professor, Center for Global Communication Strategies, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
- Tiina Matikainen (Instructor, English for Liberal Arts Program, College of Liberal Arts, International Christian University)
- Rieko Matsuoka (Professor, National College of Nursing)
- Gregory S. Poole (Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology and Dean, the Institute for the Liberal Arts, Doshisha University)
- Patrick R. Rosenkjar (Professor, English Education, Temple University Japan Campus)
Language education is a highly contested arena within any nation and one that arouses an array of sentiments and identity conflicts. What languages, or what varieties of a language, are to be taught and learned, and how? By whom, for whom, for what purposes and in what contexts? Such questions concern not only policy makers but also teachers, parents, students, as well as businesspeople, politicians, and other social actors. For Japan, a nation state with ideologies of national identity strongly tied to language, these issues have long been of particular concern. This volume presents the cacophony of voices in the field of language education in contemporary Japan, with its focus on English language education. It explores the complex and intricate relationships between the “local” and the “global,” and more specifically the links between the levels of policy, educational institutions, classrooms, and the individual.
This book launch will bring together editors and authors of this volume for an introduction of the book and dialogues on the use of qualitative approaches in foreign language education research.
Sachiko Horiguchi is an assistant professor of anthropology at Temple University Japan Campus. She obtained her M.A. in English Language Studies and Methods from the University of Warwick in 2001 and D.Phil. in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2006. Her main areas of research include youth mental health issues, globalization of education, and multiculturalism in Japan. Her publications include “Fostering Learning Through Unlearning Institutional Boundaries: A ‘Team Ethnography’ of a Liminal Intercultural Space at a Japanese University” in Ethnography and Education (2015, coauthored with Yuki Imoto) and “Hikikomori: How Private Isolation Caught the Public Eye” (2012), in Goodman et al., eds, A Sociology of Japanese Youth.
Yuki Imoto received her doctorate degree in social anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2009 and is currently an assistant professor at Keio University. Her research and teaching is mainly focused on ethnographic approaches to education and transnational identity in Japan; topics that she has covered include Japanese higher education, early childhood English language education, and community-based alternative learning. Her main publications include A Sociology of Japanese Youth—From Returnees to NEETs (2011; coedited with Roger Goodman and Tuukka Toivonen) and “Producing the ‘International’ Child: Negotiations of Language in an International Preschool in Japan” in Ethnography and Education (2011).
Gregory S. Poole is a professor of sociocultural anthropology and Dean of The Institute for the Liberal Arts at Doshisha University. Prior to coming to Kyoto, he was a faculty member in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba. His areas of research include the anthropology of education, language, and Japan, and his publications include Reframing Diversity in the Anthropology of Japan (2015, coedited with John Ertl, John Mock, and John McCreery); “International’ Higher Education In Japan: Expanding Intracultural Knowledge or (Re)defining Intercultural Boundaries?” (2015, in Mock, Naganuma, and Kawamura, eds, The Impact of Internationalization on Universities in Japan: Is Japanese Higher Education Really Changing?); The Japanese Professor: An Ethnography of a University Faculty (2010); Higher Education in East Asia: Neoliberalism and the Professoriate (2009, coedited with Ya-chen Chen); and “The Japanese University in Crisis,” (Higher Education, 2005, coauthored with Ikuo Amano).
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Temple University Japan Campus
Sachiko Horiguchi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Temple University, Japan Campus. Her research interests lie in anthropological studies of youth mental health issues as well as issues in the internationalization of education in Japan. More broadly, she is interested in critically examining issues in the production, flows, and education of sociological and anthropological knowledge on Japan from the perspective of an ‘anthropologist at home’.
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Foreign Languages and Liberal Arts, Keio University
Yuki Imoto (editor) is Research Associate at Keio University, Japan, where she teaches English and social science methods. Her research interests lie in the anthropology of education and transnationalism, and she is currently writing a book on the emergence of ‘international’ preschools in urban Japan. She has also been conducting research on the knowledge construction of ‘Japanese
Studies’, tracing the identities of transnational academics in this field.