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Rethinking language and culture in Japanese education : beyond the standard

Author: 佐藤, 慎司(教育人類学) ; ; Shinji Satō; Neriko Musha Doerr
Publisher: Bristol ; Buffalo : Multilingual Matters, 2014.
Series: Multilingual matters (Series)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How does language or culture come to be standardized to the degree that it is considered 'homogeneous'? How does teaching language relate to such standardization processes? How can teaching be mindful of the standardization processes that potentially involve power relations? Focusing on the case of Japanese, which is often viewed as homogenous in terms of language and culture, this volume explores these questions in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 佐藤, 慎司(教育人類学) ; ; Shinji Satō; Neriko Musha Doerr
ISBN: 9781783091843 1783091843
OCLC Number: 865495234
Language Note: Translated from the Japanese.
Notes: Originally published in Japanes as Bunka, Kotoba, Kyoika by Akashi Shoten Co., Ltd. in 2008.
Description: ix, 269 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Contributors; Introduction; Part 1 Theoretical Framework; 1 Standardization of Language and Culture; 2 Language as a Countable and the Regime of Translation; Part 2 Kokugo Education: Japanese Education Designed for 'Native Speakers'; 3 On the Necessity of 'Being Understood': Rethinking the Ideology of Standardization in Japan; 4 Rethinking 'Norms' for Japanese Women's Speech; 5 Constructing and Constructed Japanese: The History of Standard Japanese and Practice at a Japanese Preschool. 6 How Japanese Education for Young People Has Been Discussed: A Critical Analysis from a Relational Viewpoint7 A Consideration of the Discourse on Mother Tongue Instruction in Japanese Language Education: A Case Study of the Practices of Japanese Language Classes for Chinese Returnees and Vietnamese Residents; Part 3 Nihongo Education: Japanese Education Designed for 'Non-Native Speakers'; 8 Teaching Japanese People's Thinking: Discourses on Thought Patterns in Post-war Studies of Japanese Language Education; 9 On Learning Japanese Language: Critical Reading of Japanese Language Textbook. 10 Critical Teaching of Japanese Culture11 The Process of Standardization of Language and Culture in a Japanese-as-a-Foreign-Language Classroom: Analysis of Teacher-Students Interactions; Conclusion and Departure; Index.
Series Title: Multilingual matters (Series)
Other Titles: Bunka, kotoba, kyōiku.
Responsibility: edited by Shinji Sato and Neriko Musha Doerr.

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This book investigates the ways in which Japanese 'language' and 'culture' have come to be standardized through ideology, representation in textbooks and in classroom practices. In doing so, it  Read more...

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