1 FEB 2016 <ICAS Book Launch> Foreign Language Education in Japan: Qualitative Approaches edited by Sachiko Horiguchi, Yuki Imoto, and Gregory S. Poole

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February 1, 2016
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Languages, Linguistics

<ICAS Book Launch>
Foreign Language Education in Japan: Qualitative Approaches edited by Sachiko Horiguchi, Yuki Imoto, and Gregory S. Poole
Date: Monday, February 1, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
* Please note this event will start at 6:30 PM, an hour earlier than ICAS regular event.
Venue: Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Participating authors:

Sachiko Horiguchi (Temple University Japan Campus)
Yuki Imoto (Keio University)
Akiko Katayama (University of Tokyo)
Tiina Matikainen (International Christian University)
Rieko Matsuoka (National College of Nursing)
Gregory S. Poole (Doshisha University)
Patrick R. Rosenkjar (Temple University Japan Campus)

Moderator: Sachiko Horiguchi, Assistant Professor of anthropology at Temple University Japan Campus
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
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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 business-people, 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.

Editors' profile                                                                                            

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).

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