ERIC Number: EJ815010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: 10
Globalization or the World in English: Is Japan Ready to Face the Waves?
International Multilingual Research Journal, v1 n2 p119-126 Aug 2007
In an article on English and national identity, Spring gives a historical survey of the role of English and its relation to Japanese national identity. Although English was discouraged during World War II, as it was considered the language of enemy, it was again "made an important academic language and in 1956 was included in entrance examinations to Japanese secondary schools." Although it is true that English is a "de facto" required subject at secondary schools, many scholars overlook the fact that it is not English, but a foreign language that "is required at most of the secondary schools." In this article, the author discusses the relation of English to Japanese national identity as they connect to the article by Spring. The author also traces how the concept of "English is essential for everyone in Japan" evolved in the nation's English language teaching.
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Secondary Schools, Nationalism, War, Global Approach, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Language Role, Required Courses, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Japan