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McKinley, Jim – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2015
This article makes the argument that we need to situate student's academic writing as socially constructed pieces of writing that embody a writer's cultural identity and critical argument. In support, I present and describe a comprehensive model of an original English as a Foreign Language (EFL) writing analytical framework. This article explains…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Academic Discourse, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Kubota, Ryuko – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2014
In language education, controversial issues sometimes emerge in either planned or spontaneous ways. Based on a classroom episode, this article illuminates dilemmas of approaching controversial issues for teachers who embrace critical pedagogy. A review of interdisciplinary literature demonstrates a general agreement on presenting balanced views…
Descriptors: Death, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Theory, Teaching Methods
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Yamada, Mieko – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2013
This article investigates how Japanese university students perceive Japan's domestic diversity and understand the role of English within that context. Surveys and interviews with Japanese students reveal how they reflect on their own experiences with diversity in their past English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes and also help to explore the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Surveys
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Gebert, Andrew – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2012
Although not functionally multilingual or a translator himself, Daisaku Ikeda has been deeply involved in translation processes, both as a reader and as someone who has produced texts for translation into various languages. This article examines two sources of influence shaping Ikeda's attitude toward translation culture: the flourishing culture…
Descriptors: Translation, Foreign Countries, Second Languages, Cultural Influences
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Nagashima, Julie T. – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2012
The author analyzes two teachers' narratives of their understanding and practice of Daisaku Ikeda's (1928-) philosophy of Soka (value-creating) education in relation to narratives of their experiences as students at the Soka schools he founded. These narratives both triangulate an implicit though culturally specific language used to articulate…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Humanistic Education, Student Centered Curriculum, Teacher Student Relationship
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Hatano, Kazuma – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2012
In this article, the author considers Daisaku Ikeda's (1928-) educational philosophy in the context of English education policies in Japan. The author begins by explicating Ikeda's concepts of wisdom versus knowledge and "society for education" (e.g., Ikeda, 2000; Sadovnichy & Ikeda, 2002). He then suggests consideration of these…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Yamada, Mieko – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2011
This article explores how cultural attitudes about race and ethnicity are taught in the English language textbooks as a part of Japan's school curriculum. A content analysis of Japanese junior high school textbooks on English as a foreign language published from 1987 to 2002 was conducted. Four hypotheses were investigated relating to 1) the…
Descriptors: Junior High Schools, Textbooks, Global Approach, Foreign Countries
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Nakagawa, Satoru; Kouritzin, Sandra – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2011
Recent and not-so-recent critiques of teaching English as a second or other language (TESOL) have explored the relationship between English language teaching and colonialism. Consequently, native speaker and non-native speaker practitioners have started to question their pedagogies and to re/consider their roles in relation not only to minority…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries
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Meadows, Bryan – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2010
Taking a sociocultural perspective, this study addresses the interface between language learners and novel communities of practice. The study combines the social learning theory of communities of practice with social constructivist treatments of nation-states as imagined communities in order to consider "imagined national communities of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Second Language Learning, Japanese, Discourse Analysis
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Saft, Scott; Ohara, Yumiko – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2009
This article describes how Japanese TV programs adopting a consultation framework construct different realities for women and men concerning a specific social phenomenon, namely adultery. To do so, two perspectives, the theory of metaphor promoted by George Lakoff and membership category analysis, are combined toward a discursive analysis which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Language Usage, Television
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Wilcox, K. Campbell – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2007
This article reports on a study investigating ways students from Japan studying English as a second language at an American community college encounter cultural dissonance in their classroom interactions. I take a sociocognitive view rooted in the work of Bakhtin and Vygostky to explore the ways language, culture, and cognitive processes interplay…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Cognitive Processes