Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2010

Publication Source

Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

Volume

31

Issue

5

Inclusive pages

491-506

Publisher

Routledge: Taylor & Francis

Place of Publication

UK

ISBN/ISSN

0143-4632

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Applying Kachru and Nelson’s model of English spread and their categorization into Inner/Outer/Expanding Circles, this content analysis of English as a Foreign Language textbooks used in Japanese junior high schools investigates which countries were introduced and further studies how Japan’s domestic diversity was constructed in those textbooks. Furthermore, to scrutinize representations of Japan’s domestic diversity, this study examines what types of individuals located in Japan were represented in the textbooks. The concepts of race and ethnic relations in a global context will be discussed to understand representations of individuals. Drawing upon the concept of English as a multicultural language (Honna, 2000, 2008), this study suggests that this multicultural perspective would not only promote understanding varieties of English use in Asian contexts but also help educators and students recognize the internal diversity of Japan where multilingual and multicultural communication takes place.

Keywords

EFL, cultural diversity, Japan, globalization, education, textbook

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Sociology | International and Area Studies | International and Comparative Education | Sociology

 
 

Link to Original Published Item

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2010.502967